Reflections on 2020
Updated: Dec 8, 2020
My final painting of the year
2020 has been a testing year, I am sure you will all agree. The second lock down came at a time nobody would have chosen, but unlike the first closure of businesses I had a online shop to maintain this time.
It's a time consuming #process dealing with online orders, making stock and keeping it all up to date, especially at the time of year when I usually expect to be winding down in terms of hours rather than increasing them.
The first casualty was my #painting time. I made two brief visits to my #studio but I couldn't settle or concentrate, there was too much happening in my head, so I left to get on with those pressing matters of business.
Finally when the lock down ended on the 2nd December, I rewarded myself with a day in my studio, choosing to re-open the shop a day later. I just needed a few hours of stillness to myself, before the onslaught of Christmas arrived the next day.
I had several paintings in various stages of progress in my studio. The one that took my eye was the one that reminded me of my walk earlier that morning. Sun streaming on the river, #colours reflecting from boats and it made me think about all of the water under the bridge in this uniquely challenging year.
So far I have safely avoided Covid, my business, Happy Planet is healthy, I have been better but I can work on that in the holidays. The painting almost created itself, as I reflected on the course of 2020, adding a layer of colour before gouging or sanding it back and then repeating to create the ripples of time on my watery 2020 #abstract calendar. The process was certainly one of the more pleasant days of 2020.
The work is painted on my now standard cradled wood panel, measuring 30cm by 30cm. It is float framed in a deep box frame of white wood and is now available for sale priced at £140. Shipping is extra and will depend on the buyers location, please contact me for a quote.
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