I painted 'English Countryside' at the height of the pandemic last winter- unsure of when foreign travel would open up again, and feeling especially lonely and isolated. Maybe even trapped? Scrolling through photographs of scenes like this one, I found so much peace and also a kind of hope.
I long for wide, open spaces, and it's always been a dream of mine to see firsthand the rugged beauty of Britain's rural areas- to wake up in a Cotswold cottage and stroll to nearby chapels. Ride a pony through stone gates and survey patchwork fields of sheep and wildflowers. Browse through shops of old ironstone and block-printed tea towels. End the day with a pint in a pub and watch the sunset over someone's decaying castle.
Sounds a bit over-the-top romantic, maybe (hello enneagram 4 wing), but if the past year and a half has taught me anything, it's 'just do the d@mn thing'. Cliche as it may be- we're given this one life. See the world, paint the dream, wear the bathing suit on the beach. What are we all waiting for??
Someday I'll take that trip that makes me feel as if I've stepped into the pages of Sense & Sensibility (best movie ever, by the way, no matter what my husband says). And after knowing what it feels like to not have that option, I'll be planning that trip sooner than later. But until then, I'll keep painting the places I long to be, and dreaming while I wait.
I'm hanging on to the original for a bit longer but fine art reproductions of 'English Countryside' are available in The Print Shop on my website. Giclee' pieces are printed on 100% cotton watercolor paper in easy to frame sizes, from 5x7 to 11x14. The gallery wrapped canvas is 11x14 and looks lovely as is or mounted in a museum floater frame. Bespoke* framing is available upon request and a custom size for your unique space is always an option.