The restriction imposed by lockdown has offered an opportunity to closely observe and explore what's happening close to home in my own 'doorstep' environment. I have found the garden has much to offer. I have been enjoying photographing the variety of shapes and textures of some 'simple' everyday plants. They have their own exotic qualities.
One of those stand out plants has to be Love in a Mist. As it kindly self seeds, I usually have a wonderful display every year. It is definitely a 'value for money' plant as it will tolerate neglect, growing anywhere, even in very dry poor soil. It has fine feathery foliage, a beautiful flower, and an equally beautiful seed head.
The Pasque flower is another plant that has a beautiful seed head.
Detail of a Jasmine plant, although it suffered this past winter, has none the less produced a mass of beautifully scented flowers. Meanwhile the dying stems create beautiful sinuous silhouettes in the sun.
Sadly the last few months have been dominated by the Covid -19 pandemic. Now as the UK gradually lessens the restrictions we find ourselves adjusting to new circumstances and making adjustments to manage the continued risks.
As I have been unable to use my studio during this time I have been working at home predominately in sketchbooks. New projects are underway with thoughts and ideas gradually taking shape. Everything has been moving at a gentle pace.
One of the consequences of this lockdown period has been to watch Spring merge into Summer. Not being able to go out, has meant the garden has figured more prominently in my daily life. Beside offering a calm counter balance to the all the stressful news, I have had time to notice smaller details and to fully appreciate this patch of ground on my doorstep. The afternoon light has been a delight. Watching the garden wakeup from winter and gently close in the space with various greens, purples and beautiful textures has been a real 'tonic'.
I certainly feel people living in flats must have had a particularly tough time over the three months, having no outdoor space to escape to.
Textures and details figure high on the things I am particularly enjoying. These have sparked ideas for work which I am in the process of developing which I will share in due course. .
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.