I made the top fifty in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search!!!!!!!!!

I entered the Global Talent Search this year after some deliberation. It's a fantastic contest and the prizes are wonderful. There were a thousand entries from all over the world this year so the competition is fierce. You can read more about it here.  
However, I knew it would coincide with family holidays in Tuscany and England and wasn't convinced that I wanted to take the time away from my children to participate. I worked so hard earlier this year for Surtex and practically ignored them. I felt I owed them a work free holiday in spite of my career aspirations. I signed up, then decided to make a final decision based on timing (our holidays weren't yet booked or scheduled) and more importantly - the brief!! I knew I wouldn't be able to resist a great one. I took a sketchbook and some bits and pieces with me incase. 
The email arrived while we were in Tuscany and before I'd finished reading it I was plotting how I'd fit it in and what I'd do. It was beautiful. Wall art based on terrariums. 
I found an hour or two to draw when my children went to the pool with my husband. I also found a big box of Sicilian cakes and bottle of wine. Come on! Who wouldn't make time to sketch succulents while gorging on cakes and wine in a villa in Tuscany?
This is me, the cakes, the wine and the sketches. 







Fortunately, I arrived very quickly at a basic concept. A palette of rich blues, hints of yellow and pink - and neutrals. I wanted the jar to be a negative space, a framework, rather than an object - so I could fill it with vibrant, highly contrasting imagery - a contained world.
I like the idea of appreciating the small things in life, finding pleasure in them (like cake) - and that sentiment seemed fitting with this tiny world so I looked for a quote that would work in that context. A lot of my research for the piece was done on an iPhone by a pool - terrarium shapes, quotes, succulents etc.
When I got back I immediately launched myself into making the final piece. I did the whole thing with acrylic paint and collaged paper then photographed it and put it into Photoshop. The lettering and final touches were done digitally. I did it in on the afternoon we arrived home and the following morning, sat on it two days, fiddled with the lettering a bit, then uploaded. Then I packed and went to England.
I tried not to think about it too much while we dashed around visiting my relatives but failed! I couldn't wait to hear whether I'd made it through to the next round. 
And I did!!!!!
We were advised to not share our artwork online before the submission deadline so when the results came out it was really exciting to see everyone else's artwork.  My Mom and I went through every single one, discussing them all in great detail.  There were so many staggeringly beautiful pieces, among both those that were selected for the top fifty and those that weren't.
You can see the top fifty here and the gallery of all the entries here. You'll enjoy looking at them I promise!
I'm just so thrilled that Lilla chose my art to go forward and I'm so glad I found a way to make it possible for me to enter the competition.
The next brief is a beauty too so wish me luck!!!