During lockdown #1 i struggled to focus on my pastel painting and started to turn my house into a (no longer) blank canvas to save my sanity.
It started with just tidying my garden fence which had become a shameful, green-covered dilapidated mess.
Then i painted a little fox on my garden gate.
Suddenly I realised that art can be anywhere and doesn’t need to be constrained to a frame.
I was dazzled by the possibilities and the challenges of upscaling.
Soon there was a giant fox mural on the previously grey and mundane wall of my yard…
….a heron on my bedroom wall…
… and i had a koi carp pond where my dining room table used to sit.
Along the way, with a little (lot) of help from others I’ve reclaimed my garden from chaos; designed a pebble patio (the garden furniture was my dad’s lockdown project)…
And treated myself to a new balcony as a birthday present to me! From this….
Now they’ve announced a further 4 week extension to lockdown and i feel another DIY frenzy brewing.
Next up is going to be a giant peacock on the wall of my dining room….
I caught myself dreaming about painting blue skies and cherry blossoms on the ceiling in my hall but have given myself a stern taking to… sometimes less is more 🙂
I need the world to return to normal before my house turns into a theme park. Meanwhile stay tuned for the peacock dining room wall.