Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Rediscovering A Past Love...

When I was younger I absolutely loved to paint. I would shut myself away in my room for hours at a time with a blank canvas and get lost in the process of creating a piece of art. I loved it so much that I went to University to study History of Art and Architecture. After uni I continued to paint and eventually convinced my boyfriend (now husband) to try painting as he was great at drawing. He had an amazing natural talent for it and has been painting ever since. He now regularly receives commissions and is paid to paint in his spare time. He was so passionate about painting that it was like I had passed on the baton and lost my own motivation. I let him take over and stopped for a while.


Jane Eyre Flees Thornfield
But a couple of weeks ago, after maybe two or three years, I decided to pick up the paintbrush again. I forgot how much I loved it. It is a wonderful escapism and time seems to move differently with a paintbrush in hand. I find myself thinking about painting the way I used to and inspiration has returned. I don't know if this new found motivation to paint will stick around but I hope that it does.

I know that my husband and I have very different painting styles, although I would like my paintings to be realistic, they are not and instead I will embrace the style that I have.

I sat down with my sketch book a couple of weeks ago and decided to just paint from my imagination.

I took inspiration from my favourite book, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and painted a scene of Jane lost in the moors after she flees Thornfield. I am reasonably pleased with how it turned out considering that I am out of practice and am contemplating painting a series all based on the tragedies of Jane's life. I am currently planning a scene in the red room when Jane is a child living at her aunts house. Or maybe I will paint scenes from some of my other favourite books. If I do decide to continue I will post some updates on here.

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