Even before lockdown I found it hard, for health reasons, to go to some of the exhibitions I’d have liked to go to and also some of the brilliant workshops and opportunities that pop up from time to time so the new explosion in online courses and ideas is a real plus! One of the many videos I watched was on #isolationartschool by Alex Perry Adlam and as a result have done this isolation garden collage.
I have been thinking about getting to grips with ‘a painting’ for a while and this is taking a step towards that.
I love seeing the work by those artists who are managing to create a “lockdown” diaries or series – I am making work every day more or less and inevitably in response to the current circumstances but I am not sure I could gather it all together except maybe by date and I’d need some sort of overarching title, so for now I’m just carrying on and seeing where I get to.
So a couple more Unanticipated World pieces: drawing in marker pens over a history of drawn and printed marks:
Of all the things that could go wrong and one could plan for, the corona virus pandemic was way off the radar and it is making for a slightly stressful household of 2 or 4 if I count the cat and the dog, though they don’t seem too stressed – just the humans.
So another 3 weeks at least for the general population and another 7 weeks at least for me. I am missing the studio and want to get back in there as soon as I can, apart from anything to give my husband a break and get out of his hair, especially if he carries on working at home. He is having to do anything and everything that happens outside the confines of the house and garden and he seems quite stressed.
I am carrying on with the watercolours – I like the medium for its fluidity and the way it repays intense concentration and focus as well as introspection. Seems quite apt for these times.
The good weather recently tempted me into the garden, seeing as I am not allowed out anywhere else, and I have surprised myself with a series of watercolours (to be continued).
I say surprised as these seem a bit “old fashioned”…