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One of the items on my wishlist during the bursary year was photoshop training. But it became clear that the issue was the quality of the original image itself, rather than its manipulation that was the problem. This was easily remedied in close up shots but proved more difficult getting strong images of the whole painting, something I discussed with fellow Blue Monkey members. Being part of a network of artists with different skills and experience is so valuable and thanks to their help it became clear that lighting was the key. So I spent the money earmarked for photoshop training on a pair of LED studio lights and they’ve definitely improved the quality of my images.

I’m sure this has helped get these two paintings through the first online round and shortlisted for the Summer Exhibition. Now I need to get them framed up and take them to the Royal Academy in May and see if they make the next round, fingers crossed…