a group of artists have brushed with success after receiving the royal seal of approval for their work.
The talented team produced a special Diamond Jubilee painting to help commemorate the Queen’s six decades on the throne.
Members of the Howard Carlisle Watercolour School, in Leeds, picked up their brushes and paint palettes to create 120 small painted squares.
Members of the group had no idea what their squares would create until they were pieced together in a giant jigsaw.
The individual watercolour paintings were then placed alongside one another to create a large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
And their unique painting has received the thumbs up from the monarch who sent them a letter to celebrate their creative efforts.
Local artist Howard Carlisle, who was the brains behind the artwork, said: “The finished painting consisted of 120 small squares painted using watercolour by 120 students from the Horsforth and Bramhope area.
“Each student had no idea what they were painting until they were pieced together to create the finished painting.”
The unique painting was donated to Horsforth Museum and takes pride of place among the exhibits that celebrate the local community.
Staff at the museum were so impressed by the work of the art group that they decided to pen a letter to the Queen telling her about their creative efforts to mark the Jubilee.
And they were amazed to receive a letter from Balmoral praising their portrait and thanking them for contacting the royal household.
Mr Carlisle, who runs several painting classes across Horsforth and Bramhope, has led the watercolour school for the last 25 years.
He added: “A member of the museum kindly wrote to the Queen telling her of the community effort and her majesty has replied stating her interest in the unique painting.
“The Queen was touched to learn about the project by members of the art group to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee last year.
“And the Queen was most interested to see the result of this original concept.”
The letter now takes pride of place alongside the painting in the museum.
Horsforth Museum celebrated its 25th birthday this year.
It houses a wealth of historical information including an old wooden door inscribed with the date 1157, which is a replica of an original in Kirkstall Abbey.