Yesterday all day I struggled with work. By the end of the day I knew that I needed to begin again. Clearing the head, looking for something, keeping down the panic.
I was trying to paint this, which was a desperate image to get work completed on time, but had no heart. All decoration and no heart. And I was trying to paint it too big, because the help Musicians cards are always big pieces. They are always full with people and colour and instruments.
Now I am going to paint this instead. 14 years of designing cards for Help Musicians. This one comes complete with the title, The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow. Calm for short. It’s what I need in my life. Hopefully this will work if I can subdue the voices of doubt and gather up some courage. But first, walking, thinking about colours, atmosphere, how to get music into an image.
Listening to Hay Festival Archives. What a wonderful wealth of learning. This one, on Robert MacFarlane and The Old Ways.