“.. amid all the doom & gloom, I was reminded that, behind those heavy clouds, the sky was still blue.” Ann Green
Both my paintings, Rays of Light and Pathway of Hope, were done during Covid-19 lockdown and each represents my state of mind at different stages of this period. They are part of an ongoing series of paintings of Clarence Drive.
Rays of Light
Was copied from my own photograph; taken on a gloomy day on my first trip to the shops during lockdown – a strange trip, as I was the only person on the road for most of the way from Betty’s Bay to Kleinmond. The photo itself is devoid of colour and I tried to concentrate on the ray of light, and reassured myself that, like those dark clouds, the oppression of lockdown would not last forever.
Pathway of Hope
I am grateful to Jakobie De Wet for permission to paint her stunning photograph.
This painting is a symbol of hope for me. Taken a few weeks later into lockdown, this photo lifted my spirits. While it still doesn’t have much colour, amid all the doom & gloom, I was reminded that, behind those heavy clouds, the sky was still blue.
Trained as an Interior Designer, my work has always tended to be realistic – a perfect rendition of the world around me. Being able to paint things exactly as I see them has always been the focus of my work; giving my paintings a somewhat clinical appearance at times.
In the last few years, I find myself trying to capture the ambience of a scene. I have been strongly drawn to water and reflections. I enjoy painting what lies beneath the surface. Each painting is a deeply personal journey – a therapy session– which I don’t easily share; and I find it hard to part with my paintings.