"Natasha" by Gridnev Valeriy
Last Wednesday I was in London for a work conference and good timing from the event organisers meant that we had a two hour lunch break. So, as the sun had decided to grace the skies, I though I'd go for a walk and maybe find a gallery close by.
Heading towards the Mall, I saw signs advertising the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and there was a generous crowd gathering outside the entrance. Loving portraiture, I quickly squeezed my way in and took a look around. I must have been there 20 minutes before I realised that I had just gate crashed the private viewing and that the exhibition didn't open until the following day. I thought I'd just try to blend in and hope nobody asked where my name badge was...
The exhibition is chocked full of amazing, beautiful, haunting and thought provoking portraits - but unsurprisingly no digital - and I'd suggest everyone take a look if you're in the area.
It is in Mall Galleries in Westminster and is open from 9th - 24th May 2013. Entry is £3, £2.50 concession and free to members.