|'Landscape Poem,' acrylic and oil on canvas, 65 x 55 cm|
Since the beginning of 2019 I have had to reduce the number of plants on my patio, partly due to certain plants becoming too big and needing to be put into the ground and partly due to not having so much time to maintain the garden (I plan to make more large paintings this year). I have been able to relocate some; my brother took some and the local park will take the large plants such as the Hydrangeas and Rose of Sharon and plants that need more root space.
I have also done no painting this year because I have had to reorganize the entire flat due to paintings taking up a lot of floor space. On top of that, for some months I had put off the emotional job of clearing my late mother's bedroom. I felt totally unable to touch a single item in there; I would look in the door and become tearful. But I began by moving a few things before Christmas and yesterday I felt ready to tackle larger items. I know she would have been cheering me on because she would have liked the idea of the room being my studio.
|'Fiona's World,' acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm|
My new stretchers arrived yesterday while I was shifting furniture in Mum's bedroom. New work will be started next week - I feel greatly energised by these organisational tasks - and will be posted soon.
|View of my patio garden, summer 2016|
I loved my garden with its wild abundance and random structures but hopefully I can keep the same vibe and dazzling colour with less work and my favourite flowering plants will be in bloom this summer. My Clematis especially are much loved and belonged to my late father.
Wishing you all a great New Year!