While in total lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, I can only go outdoors into the garden so I have been doing a series of observational work using watercolour. I like watercolour for its fluidity and they way it allows you to use chance and accident and I think as a medium it almost forces intense concentration. The watercolours have informed the larger paintings of gardens. There are a few “indoor garden” works as well.
I have written about gardens here from which I quote:
“Monet died in 1926. The 20th century had even worse horrors to come than the slaughter that made his willows weep and it’s in that shadow that his painted gardens matter. They are glowing islands of civilisation and hope in a modern world guilty of so much barbarity and violence.”
(Jonathan Jones, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, The Guardian Newspaper, 25 January 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jan/25/painting-the-moderngarden- monet-to-matisse-review-royal-academy-london)
Gardens have so many meanings, they are places of enclosure, symbols of paradise, lost homes, places where order can be imposed (for a while) on a chaotic, frightening world and places where death can be seen as part of the cycle of life.
And now, during lockdown gardens have become for those lucky enough to have a garden one of the few places in which to enjoy the outdoors and feel safe from the virus.
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My grandad used to chew a sprig of rosemary regularly, and especially when he was out working as a gardener well into his eighties. At his funeral, my grandma laid a sprig of rosemary on his coffin. So - yes, rosemary for remembrance.
This is one of my favourites (Rosemary for remembrance #2)
That is so beautiful. Can almost smell it. (Rosemary for remembrance #2)
That's amazing! (collage)
I love these
I absolutely love your watercolours