Have begun painting again! I made this small oil after a long time not painting because of my reaction to the lockdown. I have been sewing small patchwork pictures as shared on here, but not had the will to paint. It gradually returned after making a small canvas board and framing it with bits and pieces I had in the studio. I properly sized it with rabbitskin glue, and gessoed it. All this process was healing in itself.
A visit to a beautiful garden next to a lake was a real turning point for me. I made watercolours in my sketchbook and added pen marks. Nature enveloped me in this wonderful place and made the creative embers glow once more. Little studies in a sketchbook were not overwhelming, and I just gave myself permission to respond.
An old drawing of a sofa from our first house also inspired the new little painting as it seemed to resonate with all we are going through now. My recent skirt studies also formed a starting point. Click to enlarge images as usual folks.
Here is my latest effort in the patchwork picture department made over the last two weeks. A little bit more tricky because of the diamond pattern which I borrowed off Angel from ‘Escape to the Chateaux’, where she covered the walls of the turret that was to take the lift they installed with a patchwork of diamonds made of vintage wallpapers. I just used my fabric offcuts (which are running out now). I pinned the fabric over card diamonds, pinned fabric on back, slip stitched the diamonds in place on front and glued on back (PVA). I then removed the pins when dry and mounted in frame. The making and stitching brings me into the present through repeated actions of cutting and stitching. I will gradually approach drawing and painting again but am not pressuring myself. Covid 19 has made it difficult for me to respond creatively as I would normally, but it is all percolating away! Watch this space folks and have a go at patchwork pics, they are fun!
This drawing is from a very long time ago, another difficult time for me in my life for many reasons, and I got through that! The piece is barely there, discoloured and damaged but still exists. Art can help us through the tough times. Click to enlarge and see marks folks
This is a very large drawing that I dug out today A1. A bit discoloured and fragile but still with me! It’s of my eldest son Patrick at about age three. He is 35 now and 36 in October. Please click to enlarge to see detail folks!