My Latest Art Success Really Does Taste Sweet! EXHIBITION: Still-Life Painting by Retired Teacher Is Chosen out of 9,000 Entries

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Byline: By Andrew Heath

A PAINTING by an artist from Warwickshire has been selected ahead of thousands for one of the world's top art exhibitions.

A still-life painting by Ann Brain, of Othello Close, Bilton, was picked out from 9,000 entries to gain a spot at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in Piccadilly, London.

It is the eighth year in a row that the retired teacher has made the grade for the academy's annual exhibition.

But her latest entry, entitled Three Sweets, was only made possible after her partner bought her a particularly interesting selection of sweets. She said: "I mainly do landscapes, but occasionally do still life painting.

"I decided to paint the three sweets when my partner bought me some nougat from a shop in the Cotswolds.

"They were quite fancy sweets, and looked wonderful, but by the time I had finished the painting they had gone off! It was lucky I had already eaten the ones I didn't paint. …