The same year , he continues, "the RA offered me this whole space, all 10 rooms, for 2011. I took a couple of days to say yes but I said it had to be 2012 - because I needed four springs: first to observe and prepare, then to paint. ..."
My source: Wullschlager, J. Blue-sky painting. FTWeekend, Life & Arts, January 14-15, 2012. pp. 1-2.