I joined the Isolation Art Challenge because I thought it would be a good way to keep up my art practice. We’ve been doing house improvements recently so I haven’t had much time to get on with anything substantial, and this seemed a good way to give myself a couple of hours of productivity every so often and maybe I can work some paintings up from them later.
The challenge was generously set up for free by ArtTutor.com during the lockdown, the idea is to paint/do some form of artwork every day, they provide the theme and we the subscribers interpret it. It’s reached 24000+ members and still growing! I’m not sure if everyone is posting an artwork, I’m not managing to paint daily, I’ve only done 9 so far, but that’s probably 9 more than I would have done! It’s useful having a given theme, for that’s one decision already dealt with, although the next decision still remains to find what to draw or paint.
Day 1, EDIBLE. My first contribution, it’s extremely dull I feel, a back to school feel, why on earth didn’t I do a nice colourful and luscious pear? The intention was a quick sketch, but I got too fussy. The dullness also emanates from my mood at that time, we were only one week in, we’re now at six weeks and I’m used to lockdown now, it feels less like a waiting game and more like normality.
Day 2. TIME. My grandmas clock plus dandelion clocks in our field. Only time for quick sketches, I‘m very lucky to live in countryside so I can get out to walk our dog and sketch, there‘s not a soul in sight, in fact there never is in normal times, so life hasn’t changed much for us.
Day 3, INSIDE. As I mentioned we’re renovating a couple of rooms in the house so I’m having trouble finding time to do this project. All efforts have been drawings so far because they’re quick to do, I’ll do something in colour eventually.
Day 4, WILD. (Failing miserably in doing daily paintings) This is 18 year old Lucy asleep on my lap. We reared her from the age of under 2 weeks, so small that she fitted in the palm of my hand. I found her all those years ago in the wild, tiny and alone, and mewing vociferously, I imagine she dreams of being a tiger, she certainly acts like one sometimes….. some animals are never grateful!
(I wrote and drew this on 3rd April little knowing she would soon be leaving us for good, poor old characterful Lucy died on 15th April. I miss her enormously, she was very much part of our lives)
that’s it for drawings for now, I’ll post the other 5 later, I may even have more to post by then.