One thing I’ve learnt over the years is to not allow fear to stop me from the excitement of new adventures.
One day my partner saw an ad for a “dream job” which meant that we would be saying goodbye to Norfolk where we were comfortably settled for over three years. As a lover of change, I was eager to support him on this venture and within a month we both resigned from our jobs and made our way north, 180 miles to Scarborough, North Yorkshire. In the middle of a pandemic this would seem like a risky venture but on the other hand when is the right time to say yes to such an opportunity?
Living out of a suitcase in an airbnb while finding a permanent place to live was sometimes challenging but knowing that I was armed with a box of carefully selected art materials soon gave me comfort. I decided to explore the subtleties of the quiet spaces in my paintings and new ways of creating interesting marks within these spaces. In my art box I had a few primary colours, black and white, some water soluble pencils, pastels and a few brushes.
Never being able to fully commit to a sketchbook practice I knew I was in for a challenge but with the shops still closed and the occasional freak snow storms in mid April I was able to stay focused being mostly indoors. Here are some of my sketchbook pages during what turned out to be a two month stay!