I’m very lucky to have a studio right in my garden. So when lockdown hit, all I had to do was walk down my garden steps and into my studio. Painting became a way of staying sane. I did lots of sketches and doodles rather than serious paintings- that came later. I tidied my studio, made it untidy again, took the tops of paints and cleaned them up, soaked brushes in cleaning fluid and joined a few artists friends in 10 minute daily sketch challenges.
The virus is still with us and as my main work is a ‘hands-on’ therapy, I can’t return to it any time soon. So I decided to plan and paint some serious big works. My own landscape is right here- right outside my window, right onsite my door. The hills of the SouthDowns National Park with that wide wide sky is with me every day. I find it majestic and quite overwhelming. How do you paint something so big and so beautiful?
Sketching, editing, looking, feeling and thinking let me to this one big work and two smaller ones.