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.
In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to create a series of my mum’s garden. I’ve followed the same steps but tried to spend even more time at the sketch stage. I’ve really enjoyed trying to challenge myself with different perspectives. I have my old art teacher’s voice in my head telling me to draw what I see not what I think I see.
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.
Well, quite a lot has happened hasn’t it? Lockdown, pandemic, global crisis…quite a lot really.
My partner and I left London before the lockdown as we were self-isolating and finding it far too difficult to both work from home in our tiny flat. We’re at my parent’s home in Suffolk with my brother and his girlfriend. We miss our little flat and our world together, but I’ve been so grateful to have a garden and outside space.
Truth be told, I’m finding the transition difficult. I worry about work and have been generally feeling quite anxious, which is resulting in over-working and finding it hard to set clear boundaries in the day-to-day.