It's been an odd time these past few months. The uncertainty of everything that's going on in the world, has had an odd effect on me. Life seems to be moving at a snails pace, but each day passes by in the blink of an eye. Time certainly doesn't seem 'normal' at current. If I was to be harsh with myself, I'd say that I've not used this period of lock-down as efficiently as I could. This is of course all hogwash. We're currently living in incredibly anxious times, where we're told daily that we could catch this horrible disease and die, just from going outside! So it shouldn't be any surprise that I've struggled to work as coherently as I would like to!
To digress from my excuses and waffling, I thought I'd talk about the artwork that I have actually completed in these past months. The beginning of the pandemic was a mad, and stressful time for the best of us, and it's vehemently clear this had an affect in what I painted, and the manner in which I worked. I suppose the fear and hysteria became some sort of muse for me, and my art went down a route of abstract expressionism once again.
In these pieces I removed any of the boundaries that I so often set myself with painting. I used no sketches or under-paintings. I didn't even use canvases (these are painted on oil painting paper)! Instead I allowed myself to paint what I truly felt, with no worries about 'wasting supplies'.
I am incredibly happy with how the paintings came out. They're emotive and harsh, but the colours, as subdued and muddy as they may come across, work. Hopefully when Galleries begin to open again soon, I'll be able to exhibit these works, even if they may not be to everybodies taste!!