Paintings

Fleabane, George St
acrylic on board
20cm x 25cm
© Helen Thomas, 2020
7386 III
acrylic on board
21cm x 30cm
© Helen Thomas
2020
Symmons Street
acrylic on paper
20cm x 20cm
© Helen Thomas 2020
Maybe Waldorf Way
acrylic on paper
20cm x 20cm
© Helen Thomas 2020

These paintings consider the subject from directly above.
The Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, that were introduced on 23rd March 2020, resulted in temporary studio closures (for 3 months) and meant that painting outside was a prohibited activity for a period of time.
This meant considerable changes to my usual working practice. I took digital photographs of spontaneous flora spotted growing in Wakefield on walks that were part of my daily permitted exercise.
These paintings were made whilst looking closely at some of the digital photographs. The painting process became very, still, painstaking and slow. When all round seemed in flux and certain these were my mindful points of focus.
As we were repeatedly reminded to maintain 2 metres distance from other people I became increasingly aware, and intrigued by the microcosms at our feet.