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Art has had to be temporarily suspended in my life recently. You see I’ve spent the last couple of weeks building a cupboard in my studio area and even thinking about art has been difficult. I don’t know about you, but I find it almost impossible to get my mind focused on two tasks at once. If I’m in building mode, I can’t paint. If I’m in painting mode, then the prospect of having to switch to building mode makes me groan inwardly.
Building mode me has now virtually completed the cupboards and even managed a mantelpiece/fire-surround too. It’s been a sort of build a cupboard and get a free fireplace deal. Well I figured in for a penny, in for a pound and this way I don’t have to switch to builder mode again any time soon in order to build the mantelpiece, because it’s built!
However, now I have to get my mind focused on being creative again. Honestly it feels like the mental equivalent of turning a huge ship before it hits the rocks, or pulling up an old aircraft from a steep dive. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but getting back in the proverbial “zone” seems… tricky.
Today though was a sunny day and I was working outdoors in the countryside and few places in the world are more beautiful than the Sussex countryside in Springtime. Buzzards were circling the fields looking for mice and voles, male pheasants were arguing over who gets the girl and a cuckoo was calling in the distance while a yellow Brimstone butterfly floated lazily past me. So as the Primroses were out too, I snapped a couple of shots on my phone.
Wood Anemones and Celendine
Celendine. Hard to dislike this one even though it’s a really invasive weed. On a sunny day like today I could forgive its megalomaniac tendencies.
The only blot on today’s idyllic events is the major sunburn I’m now nursing on the back of my neck! Too much of a good thing obviously.