We have had more contributions from Artists and Guests of Front Room Art, including some from children. We have put them Top of the List!
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Snapshot verses is a screen print commissioned by the Folio Society as a cover image for a new edition of Philip Larkin’s poetry.
I completed “Bike” just before lockdown. I entered it into an exhibition of studio practices work at the Ruskin Gallery, Working Mens College, Camden. I was thrilled to win the Witold Library Prize and to attend a virtual Zoom prize giving ceremony.
I dream of being in Saunton Sands, while stuck in the city on lockdown! Wonderful sand dunes, amazing beach, huge skies and all the joys of North Devon.
The ‘stay at home’ instruction meant that my ceramics studio was closed for a time. This was a chance to revive my interest in painting and drawing.
Our current lockdown is literal. For me these pictures illustrate, respectively, captivity to a gun culture and to poverty.
These two works attempt to capture the way in which the massive migrations caused by wars, greed, poverty, and the dramatic climate change that we are witnessing now are implicated in the pandemic.
To manage the isolation of lockdown and to keep creative artwork flowing, two art buddies and I set up a weekly Art Challenge. Each week we nominated a theme – medium, subject, style etc – and we all worked at this in our own way. At the end of each week we have a Zoom Crit where we present our work. These two works are each the result of a weekly challenge.
I have been working from home during Lockdown, so busy on the computer much of the week. Making Quilts, masks and knitting has been a good way to relax.
Drawing is a process which needs you to be fully in the present moment. This practice of mindfulness has been important to me in finding a way through the rigours and demands of Lockdown.
During lockdown I have become more aware of nature, spending time in my garden and exercising every morning along the New River. I find beauty in the development and death of these poppies and begin to imagine them taking human traits. The bud became the Grumpy One and the fading flower became the Dancer. I isolated them from their natural backgrounds to scrutinize every element of their form and beauty
Lockdown for me has been a time to focus completely on work. I think all artists are natural self isolators so it has been a time for reflection and thinking about change. I have started to paint again and the world has changed, instead of looking at the world in terms of black and white, I am now looking at colour – all those colours that have no name, trying to find their equivalents in paint.
I spent a lot of time at my allotment during Lockdown. But when indoors I made these iPad Drawings in my sitting room . I am searching for a new type of image that will suit the way I work on the iPad
I have spent my lockdown days knitting leggings, gardening and designing and making stained glass lamps.
In the past, my work has been influenced by the natural world – pebbles and stone collected from beaches and landscapes of the UK. Now, I am looking closer to home and am in the process of developing work inspired by fragments of concrete, metal and brick found on walks in the area where I live. These pieces also evoke memories of the 1950s pebbledash house I grew up in in the suburbs
During this strange period of our lives drawing and painting has never felt more important to me. It has been a major source of escape and comfort which has been so necessary in these difficult times. Both of the drawings suggest ‘hope’ and remembrance of other times
I have been walking in the countryside near to where I live in Hertfordshire and have been studying, drawing and painting animals in the fields during this period. I have also observed the beauty, grace and peacefulness of horses and the countryside and how thankful I am to animals and natural beauty. I was also touched by the dedication of the NHS and I painted a nurse to show my appreciation.
I am a retired, so home is where my wife and I spend lockdown. As an amateur photographer, I found myself drawn to details such as the plant draped down the side of an old wooden desk lit my natural light. Similarly, the sun shone across one of the chairs in the living room. In both there was a sort of moody atmosphere consistent with having to stay at home.