Keeping busy during lock-downs

Painting at Busses Farm - Photo by Saskia Schuit
Most planned exhibitions cancelled and none since August 2020, but still painting.
I took advantage of the enforced locked-down to complete a number of paintings that had been around for some time.

As the first lock-down eased I held an open garden for Ashdown Art members. The session was spent doing shadow paintings, we were fortunate that the sun shone early on. These paintings involve drawing around shadows created by plants and objects (and the artist) and then working them into a painting. There were some interesting results. My painting, self-portrait with garden shadows, was completed shortly after the event..

With other Ashdown Art members, I visited Busses Farm, near East Grinstead, for an 'En Plein Air' painting session. The painting from that session was included in the Scout HQ exhibition in August 2020.

I had hoped to take part in a digital exhibition with Ashdown Arts or / and Bridge Arts but neither web-site could cope with the requirements. As part of the preparation for these events I completed a number of abstract works. Throughout December some of the new in 2020 paintings were on show at the Mug Tree Cafe, Ship Street, East Grinstead.

Two paintings completed at the Ashdown Arts Drop In event have been framed and Tools is now shown in among the abstract paintings. I have been working on a number of paintings. The Lock down paintings will trace the walks I have completed since March 2020 and include mixed media items that I have found en-route as images or actual items..

I did managed to visit to the RA and the Mall, along with a visit to the Watts museum at Guildford, these were the first exhibitions I viewed since March.