A series of small plein air watercolour studies of The Hepworth Wakefield garden. These were done after I’d completed the Wakefield Covid-19 series. I wanted to get that project out of my head as I kept on seeing Wakefield as a continuing series on un-painted scenes and wanted to stop.

The change of medium (water colours) and subject matter (nothing but plants and flowers) plus the relief at being able to paint outdoors again produced some suprising results. I enjoyed the freedom in the imagery even though, at first, I struggled with the medium (I was used to acrylics and having the option to paint out things I wanted to change). With watercolours I found I was getting muddy results until I learnt how to slow down and enjoy thinking about the brush strokes more. I then enjoyed the spaces between the brush strokes and the movement that helped create.

I am very grateful to The Hepworth, Wakefield’s Cultural Gardener, Katy Merrington,  who kept me company and told me about the plants. She kindly mentioned me in a piece she wrote, which you can read here Katy Merrington

Towards the the end of July I realised the paintings were becoming another project so I thought it time to stop. Also the gallery was reopeing on the 1st August so it seemed fitting to mark the end of another period of lockdown.

For the last 3 paintings I changed format from landscape to portrait. I wish I’d done that from the start.

 

1 Monday 8th June 2020

1 Monday 8th June 2020

2 Tuesday 9th June 2020

2 Tuesday 9th June 2020

3 Thursday 11th June 2020

3 Thursday 11th June 2020

4 Friday 12th June 2020 (2)

4 Friday 12th June 2020 (2)

5 Saturday 13th June 2020 (2)

5 Saturday 13th June 2020 (2)

6 Saturday 13th June 2020

6 Saturday 13th June 2020

7 Monday 15th June 2020

7 Monday 15th June 2020

8 Tuesday 16th June 2020

8 Tuesday 16th June 2020

9 Monday 22nd June am 2020

9 Monday 22nd June am 2020

10 Monday 22nd June pm 2020

10 Monday 22nd June pm 2020

11 Tuesday 23rd June am 2020

11 Tuesday 23rd June am 2020

12 Wednesday 23rd June 2020

12 Wednesday 23rd June 2020

13 Thursday 24th June am 2020

13 Thursday 24th June am 2020

14 Thursday 24th June pm 2020

14 Thursday 24th June pm 2020

15 Thursday 24th June pm 2 2020

15 Thursday 24th June pm 2 2020

16 Friday 25th June 2020

16 Friday 25th June 2020

16th July

17 Thursday 16th July 2020

29th July

18 Wednesday 29th July 2020

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19 Thursday 30th July 2020

As ever with such projects, I revisited after a short while. I couldn’t resist.

20 Friday 14th August 2020

21 Monday 21st September 2020

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