Lockdown Art – Art Journal Page

Watercolour and Mixed Media Painting of a Bird in Flight

Free as a Bird

This watercolour sketch started off as a response to a challenge for an art group I belong to – ‘ Bird in Flight ‘ and then it changed into a journal page , expressing some of my feelings about being in lockdown . In this mixed media piece I used pen , pencil , collage and oil pastel. I always knew art was my therapy ! Does anyone else feel as strongly as I do about benefiting so much from creating art when times are hard ?

Shine a light – Acrylic Painting

Bright Lights – Barnsley Town Hall at Christmas 2019

A bright , bold acrylic painting on canvas of Barnsley Town Hall at night,  illuminated by blue , red and pink light  with War Memorial and a blue and silver Christmas tree
Bright Nights – Barnsley Town Hall . Acrylic on canvas 24×24 in £80 plus shipping

At last , I’ve managed to paint my acrylic painting of one of the fabulous light installations we enjoyed in our town at Christmas. This one lit up the iconic building by illuminating all the windows , sometimes red , sometimes pink and , at the same time washing the stonework over with shades of blue . It was very inspiring and moving – showing the War Memorial silhouetted in black against the bright colours and also , during the sequence , drenched in blood red . There’s a full account , plus the photos I used for inspiration in my blogpost http://margarethallfineart.com/575-2 back in December 2019 . Ever since then , I was longing to paint the scene and the lockdown has , ironically , given me the opportunity. However , I know I haven’t finished with this idea yet and I’d like to try at least one abstract painting .

Harbour Lights – Reflections on the Sea

A harbour scene at night - semi-abstract acrylic painting with the town buildings and bridge reflected in the water . A riot of electric blue  , vibrant red and yellow.  A World of Colour!
Harbour Lights Acrylic on paper Framed

This acrylic painting is a completely different interpretation of the idea of electric light dominating the scene – in this case a harbour scene . It was inspired by a photo , which I altered a great deal as I became engrossed in the abstract shapes of the buildings and the reflections of the light on the water . I also managed to indulge my love of bright blues , red and yellow . Any excuse to show my World of Colour ! It’s a good job we can all go virtually travelling like this , in this time of lockdown . Stay safe .

You can see this painting in my Exhibitions page – it was on show in the Art Cafe http://margarethallfineart.com/services/