As we are still in the throws of a Pandemic, naturally this theme continues to be in my mind as I'm creating new work. In as much as I'm given plenty of time in my studio to accomplish lots of work, there are days when motivation is thin.
We've been told over and over that we are to stay home as much as possible to keep safe. As time has passed permissions have been given to create "bubbles" of people with whom we can keep in contact with, hence reducing the chances to catching COVID and spreading COVID. I the first painting above I was thinking very hard about "Finding My Bubble" of close people. But for the most part I chose to have a very small close bubble of people. I kept most of my socializing to zoom meetings and phone calls. It felt like a turbulent time. In the next piece, "Waiting in Line", I concentrated on life outside of home which mostly consisted of line ups of bubbled couples and distancing singles waiting for shopping, waiting for appointments and ensuring a comforting umbrella of safety.
I am preoccupied by the intuitive journey that paint takes me on with its colour and texture when working with layers that can be revealed through scratching back, rubbing away or lifting, to bring back the history of the previous layers.