Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Taking a View
View from my Back Bedroom Window
© Teresa Kirkpatrick 2010
I've had paintings, prints and photos all over the place during September. Most of my recent stuff is still at Artscape for Open Studios until the end of the month, while May Evening Harpenden Common has been on show at Wesley's Café at the Methodist Church in the High Street all month as part of the publicity for the event. I took He Cast Him a Lappet, my most recent Tolkien painting (despite being a year old) to Oxonmoot (the annual Tolkien Society get-together) last weekend, while Red Tulips in a Blue Glass Vase and Flying Kites at Rossbeigh Beach are on their way to Letchworth tomorrow for the annual Open Exhibition. I would have had two more paintings on show last weekend at the St Albans Summer Art Exhibition, but it was cancelled. I was almost relieved . . .
Amidst all this chaos I've managed to produce another painting. I did it over two Saturdays spent at Artscape as part of Open Studios, and the subject is the View from my Back Bedroom Window. Ironically Open Studios isn't the best place to paint; you are constantly interrupted by visitors (which is, after all, the whole point of Open Studios) and last year I found I couldn't concentrate at all. So I was delighted when I got this little pen and wash piece home and realised that I rather liked it. It's pretty accurate, and gives a nice insight into how my neighbours use their gardens. The view is one I never tire of - it's quite an ordinary scene but constantly changing; birds fly in and out, you can often see horses at the farm over the back (although I didn't dare attempt to depict one!) and of course the seasons come and go. This is the view at the height of summer, which is already over. Such happy memories!