The theme ‘Reflections’ seems to me an appropriate one for these strange times we are living through with so many changes to our normal way of life, causing many of us to literally reflect on so much.
I’m lucky to live near the canal tow path in Maesbury and on my daily walk I have been aware of others keeping to the rules of ‘social distancing’, walking or running, mostly alone and seemingly lost in their own thoughts. I have noticed this year more than usual, the colours and reflections in the water of bridges and trees in full leaf, which I thought would be an idea for a painting. There is also a small wooded area nearby with shafts of light coming through, which was also something I wanted to paint. I like to put at least one figure in if I can as I think it helps bring a focus and add interest, and this year it seemed particularly appropriate to incorporate a lone figure.
Watercolour painting is a relatively recent hobby since I retired four years ago and began attending Babs Norton’s Tuesday art class at the Qube. I have though spent a great deal of my life with pencil or paintbrush in my hand.. doodling on old envelopes, painting walls, ceilings or furniture. I remember my son returning from infants class one day, proudly brandishing his picture of his family, with mummy up a ladder, paintbrush in hand!
For me, painting is a hobby and a passion and with the last few months staying at home, mainly cut off from the busy world, it has become the perfect therapy. Although I’m aware many people have found the situation very stressful, especially those struggling to balance work and childcare, I know I’m not alone in appreciating more time to spend on my pastimes, which usually involves a paint brush!