• grahamruddick

The silver lining of lockdown

Like so many people I was looking forward to a fun social Christmas, and like so many people our plans changed! But given that I am normally the cook in our house I found myself with a lot of unexpected free time.

This allowed me to get out into the studio much more than I had planned, which was lovely, but posed the challenge of subject. With 20 fresh canvases and time to cover them, I did find myself wondering what the hell I should paint! I suppose it is a little akin to writers block, but the sight of an empty canvas can be quite daunting.

One of the nice things was being able to revisit those pictures that are in the corner of the studio - nearly finished, but without the ooomph. (It's always a dead give-away when my pictures aren't signed, it shows I KNOW they're not done!)

So this one from the middle of last year has been gathering dust.

I'm much happier with it now - it might even get signed!

There's something very satisfying about revisiting an old picture. It doesn't matter if you improve it or wreck it, there's a huge amount to learn either way.

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