With the pandemic preventing me from attending events and public spaces to encounter interesting people to paint, I needed to work with what I had to hand.
When we are able, my wife Dawn and I spend a lot of time outdoors and we both have a genuine fondness for ancient woodland. While I will spend my time with pen and sketchbook, Dawn uses her camera to capture and celebrate the location.
One such location is Padley Gorge, a deep, narrow valley in Derbyshire’s Peak District.
During lockdown, and my shortage of subjects for portraiture, my thoughts turned to Dawn’s photography as a source of inspiration. After discussing a few images, we agreed on three of Dawn’s photographs which would pose an interesting challenge for me to paint.
I chose one and, after spending about two weeks drawing up the major forms, August 2020 saw me make the first marks with paint.