What’s in a name? yards, gardens and enclosures

I've been thinking about our relationships with plants and how they sit with ideas of 'garden' and 'wild' and the wide range of spaces that can't be defined by these terms. The working title for one of the pieces that I'm making for the Dandelions and Double Yellows exhibition at Wakefield Cathedral this summer is … Continue reading What’s in a name? yards, gardens and enclosures

Dandelions and Double Yellows: submit a picture for ‘Your Gallery’

Dandelions and Double Yellows is an art, nature and noticing project, by artist Helen Thomas, that asks whether we might reconsider the plants that are often dismissed as weeds.I've been sketching, painting and noticing pavement plants on the daily walk to and from my studio in Wakefield throughout the project. The more I take notice … Continue reading Dandelions and Double Yellows: submit a picture for ‘Your Gallery’

Story of the blues

Blue metal industrial estate fencingDetail of blue painted fence with paint swatch for colour match Colour research, looking at metal fencing near Thornes Lane, on the outskirts of Wakefield. Back at the studio I made several colour swatches on paper and then returned to site the next day to match up against the fence. The … Continue reading Story of the blues

The width of doubles – part two

Measure, check, measure again, cut In a recent blog post I wrote about starting a long narrow scroll painting based on memories of mosses. I'd carefully considered the width, measured and cut a paper strip 7cm x 350cm, and spent many hours painting, when the thought finally popped into my head - how wide are … Continue reading The width of doubles – part two

The width of doubles – part one

Memories of Moss, work in progressAcrylic on paperHelen Thomas, March 2021 I'm making a scroll format painting for the Dandelions and Double Yellows exhibition, actually, the final format of the display is still to be decided. What I do know is that I'm making a very long narrow painting based on green gold memories of … Continue reading The width of doubles – part one

Groundsel, Cathedral Grounds, Grounded

‘Groundsel Cathedral grounds’Detail of work in progress by Helen ThomasAcrylic on paper, 150cm x 225cm I started this painting early in 2020 to exhibit at Wakefield Cathedral later that year. When the PM announced the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK on 23rd March 2020 The Art House had to close its doors and I … Continue reading Groundsel, Cathedral Grounds, Grounded

In the last light of 2020

Helen Thomas, field sketch, Charlesworth WayAcrylic on board, 31st December 2020. A chilly and invigorating afternoon out sketching in the last light of 2020, on the edge of the vacant car sales plot on Charlesworth Way. Vibrant green margins of frost fringed mosses and tiny, ground-hugging rosettes of plants that I mainly can’t identify yet … Continue reading In the last light of 2020