2021, my year in watercolours

2021, my year in watercolours

Firstly as we take this time between Christmas and New Year to reflect , let me say thankyou. I am so grateful to you all for taking the time to look at my work, and to comment so nicely on it. I work in isolation and when I send my pieces off into the world I have no idea how they will be received, it is wonderful that they are received so well and it brings me joy daily to see your responses.

I began the year , like we all did , heading into lockdown. I was determined to keep painting and keep writing a blog every week. It felt like a small thing I could do to help us all feel a little more connected.

I found a new way to paint seas, and this has given me so much joy this year.

I continued to work at improving my watercolours , and far from putting things on hold, I like to think this past year has been a time to put things in perspective. I was grateful to be able to contribute to the David Shepherd pangolin campaign , and this piece sold , making much needed funds for their conservation work.

 

I carried on painting my swimming ladies and mermaids and brought out new cards in response to demand.

 More mugs came out and were sold for the RSPB, and watch this space there may well be new designs in the new year. I keep trying new things and am so thrilled when they are well received.

. Another high was receiving the news I had made it into the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year , I am always nervous I might not get in and so thrilled if I do.

New commissions tested my abilities. I don't have the energy I once did, and my fingers can get very painful, that along with chronic fatigue limits my time in the studio However I think by slowing down it has made me pause and think more, and in turn I hope this has improved my work

It was so wonderful to be able to go to Cornwall and visit places that fill my soul with joy

Then summer turned to autumn, I have loved painting so many favourite things this year, from hedgehogs to flowers , but bees hold a special place in my heart. So I was thrilled when this little fella made a lot of money for wildlife conservation

 Then moving onto Christmas and getting things ready for a busy time of year.

So whatever happens next....please don't as they say 'put your life on hold' , we don't do that, we live through difficult times, this is our life. Do things that make life easier, keep in touch with people and take joy in the natural world

 

Happy New Year 


15 comments

  • maria

    i am from hungary. I started doing watercolor painting during the pandemic, because I also have to do something creative. i am very happy to have found your bloog. I would not have thought that simple watercolors could create such miracles. please do not give up blogging, and painting, because it is a great pleasure. I tried to imitate some of your work,…hm, my family likes it.

  • Jaye

    I am amazed at your ability to capture true heart feelings/ love your work ( partial to mermaids and swimmers) You do have a wonderful ability to match words and pictures, and your pictures speak so deeply without words. ….. mam you’re good!!!

  • Anne Gooch

    Thank you Rachel for sharing your life and amazing achievements as an artist with us and being an inspiration. I wish you a peaceful,healthy and happy New Year and look forward to regularly reading your blogs.Take care Anne

  • Anne Gooch

    Thank you Rachel for sharing your life and amazing achievements as an artist with us and being an inspiration. I wish you a peaceful,healthy and happy New Year and look forward to regularly reading your blogs.Take care Anne

  • Carole Jamieson

    I’m so grateful to have found your work. You are so talented and I love your original approach to everything you do, but I think I love the way you paint hares more than anything. I also love your blog entries with such mindful and beautiful words. Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you. Long may you continue to do what you love.

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