Wanstead Flats has been lovely in lockdown. This relatively unknown corner of Epping Forest is largely open grassland, with a few tree-lined paths. I love the way the light moves along the trees, particularly in the early evening, when the dog takes us for a walk. We often stop at this spot, chat about the day, and look across a short path lined with branches to the open space and flats behind. I’ve enjoyed watching the light give a different sense of space depending on the season and time of day. Watching the seasons change helped to keep the virus in perspective.
I painted this at the start of spring. I reckon I observe more than I used to, perhaps in part because there is less variety and distraction in my life. Usually more attracted to urban spaces, I’ve found the natural world comforting. Often enjoying the nooks and crannies of old cities, I’ve loved the sense of open space on the Flats. The light and the opportunity to briefly connect with people and other dogs, albeit distanced, has been nurturing in the restricted world of lockdown.
Grounded oil on canvas
Size: 60cm h x 75cm w
Price: £300 contact (please include the title of the work)