Yesterday I went down to Radloff Park to paint as the afternoon was turning into a muddle.
I set up just off the track on the river bank and started a first wash – top to bottom. As usual people stopped to chat as I worked. I love this. I like friendly people. And I had a good chat with a friend with whom I shared my artists statement. Which sounds like this:
We live in such a broken world. But in the midst of destruction there is yet great beauty. And even in the failure and damage there is hope. Shepherds in the middle East lead their sheep rather than herd them. When they have a lamb that tends to wander off they break its leg. Then they carry it till it heals and the sheep learns to trust the masters voice. All of this is worth seeing and capturing in watercolour. I want to do my best to paint what I see. Just being faithful to what is there has led me to see things I never noticed before. And perhaps when other people see my painting they will see something they have never noticed before. And their experience of the world will then be enriched.
That is it.
It did mean I ran out of time a bit – but I also bit off a bigger chunk than usual. But here it is:
The field on the hill in the background could have been a little more saturated.