Lockdown has provided time to reflect on my heritage and ancestry. From the tin miners of Cornwall who moved to the coal mines of Durham after the demise of the tin mining industry in the middle of the 19th century.
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“The Life Room” is subject matter in a tradition of artists of repute: Picasso, Manet, Titian, etc etc. It is challenging in that it can be interpreted wrongly. It is an important theme for me and I have turned to it during my lockdown quietness and calm.
As we have not been allowed to travel more than a few miles from home for nearly a year now, I have used photographs as subject matter from which to make small paintings. George’s cousin who lives in Holland photographed this particular scene of the North Sea Canal.
What a wonderful spring. As an exercise I decided to fill a concertina watercolour sketchbook (bought a while before at the Norman Ackroyd exhibition in Bretton Park and consigned to a cupboard). Each day I painted in the garden and just enjoyed a relaxing time. No onus to make a finished work of art’.
Lock-down 1 arrived suddenly and severed a series of demonstrations that I had commenced for a local art group. In order to bring the work to a satisfactory conclusion and as a means of trying something new I completed one of the works and made a video recording of the process.
On one or two of the rare days last summer that we managed to get beyond the garden gate during a beautiful warm period, we were fortunate to be able to grasp the opportunity to walk from our house up the lane through the fields of grazing sheep and into the area adjacent to Addingham golf course.
It’s been a challenge during lockdown not having access to all the usual inspirational sights and sounds but I have been lucky enough to get out pretty frequently into some big open spaces close to where I live.
Over the last year a group of Doncaster artists, including myself, have been working towards setting up a new art gallery for the town.
The first lockdown coincided with the Spring Equinox 2020 and since then I have kept a sketchbook diary of wildlife, garden features and wild plants, birds and animals that have caught my attention on walks or in the garden.
Last spring I was busy working on new prints for a solo show, which was the culmination of a 2-year funded project with the Dales Countryside Museum.