A few weeks ago, we had particularly nice weather. Whenever possible, drawing from real life is great practice to understand proportion, light and create realistic colours. You learn so much more, but it does have its challenges.
During lockdown I’ve been taking inspiration from what’s around me, namely the garden since that’s the only thing I can see. The weather has also been so nice that sitting outside over the Easter weekend felt like such a treat. The garden was a big part of why we left our London flat before the lockdown (I was self-isolating beforehand with suspected Covid-19 – very mild symptoms though!) I honestly feel so grateful that we have this. I feel for those without green spaces and in confined spaces. Just under 2 weeks in our small London flat was plenty.
In that month I’ve been to a wedding, spent a week in Norfolk and visited my beautiful puppy Molly a lot! She’s not coming home until the end of July but I am SO excited. I hope she loves Josh (our rescue dog) and doesn’t miss her current pupmates too much.
ANYWAY – here’s the acrylic study of my garden with a bit more detail.
Finally I had the chance to work on it when the weather and time of day was the same as when I started it.
The leaves have grown over the fence so I’m having to start paint in some more leaves in the shadow next to the cabin.
When I looked at the painting for the first time in a while, I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn’t particularly pleased with it when I left it last time. It’s amazing what a difference fresh eyes can make. I’m especially pleased now that the layers of different leaves are beginning to look more distinct. If you saw my first post about this, you’ll know that painting realistic leaves was something that I was really struggling with. Now I feel like I’ve definitely improved!
I’ll keep working on this piece. The big thing I’ve taken away from it so far is that I need to start off being confident with the contrast of light and dark so that I’m not taking as long to create form.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the month!
It’s 00:36 and I’ve got a glass of white wine and am watching the UK election.
I always find it funny when there’s just hours of speculation, and then at the end it’s almost like there isn’t enough time to discuss the result fully.
I absolutely love election night. I love voting, I love chatting to the volunteers manning the polling station, I love staying up (a bit) late to watch the votes come in, and I love hearing “it’s just too early to tell” over and over again.
I know my usual posts are about art, and I’ve got a couple of things to update you on, but I thought I’d take a moment to just enjoy the democratic process. It’s like a way more exciting Eurovision. (Ok, not that much more exciting.)
Another thing I like about election night – I get to discuss UK politics with my friend from America who’s still up because of the different time zone. She studied a year abroad in London where we met, and she’s just a super person in every way. Election nights always feel oddly nostalgic for me, and catching up with her is such a joy. I remember our Student Union staying open to count the votes, and I remember my old housemate putting “Vote Green!” posters up in our window in Kilburn. I also remember feeling slightly concerned that we were going to get our window broken because of this.
Is anyone else still up and watching? Or do you prefer to find out in the morning? I wonder if I’ll still be as excited when I’m older and wiser.
Fingers crossed for a result that looks after everyone, that looks after the environment, and that provides security and unity for all. Wouldn’t that be nice.