Hi and welcome to my summer newsletter. I am delighted that you have shown an interest in following my journey as an artist and would very much enjoy having comments back from you.

We have all lived through life changing times since I last wrote to you! We could not have anticipated how it would impact us and how it will continue to affect us as we adapt to physical distancing and to a greater mindfulness for those around us. During the initial weeks of lock down I was delighted to have so much time just to paint! I felt so thankful to have a means of escape from the constant drip of unpleasant news and statistics. I set myself a focus to do the 10 large canvasses that were stacked up in the studio. The abundance of colour, birdsong and greenery made this spring a memorable time for me and hopefully for you too. I have delighted in the quiet places in nature and this has shown up in my work.

I regularly share images of my work in progress on Instagram @gilldrewart but I wanted to give you a bit of the backstory here. For one of the first paintings in lock down I worked from photos of a steep climb in the Wye valley in Wales where we had taken a holiday over the new year. I became totally absorbed in layering up the paint textures and colours step by step up a winding and uneven path. I developed a firm footing in the process of making the light and dark, the messy marks and detail. I called the painting Way Maker, as I found the secure place to trust was beyond this journey in God. As I look at the finished painting, I can’t help but recall the time and process of making it.

The other 9 canvasses have different stories to tell. The unexpected journey of learning to appreciate many of the things we had come to take so much for granted has been a good one.

To own an original piece of artwork which resonates with you will be a joyful addition to your home. I am always delighted to receive photos from customers taking pleasure from pieces hanging in their homes. Thank you for sending them to me. Take a moment to browse and choose from the website.

Here’s what’s happening

Sadly, due to COVID-19 my next two exhibitions have been cancelled. However, I am exhibiting 10th – 18th October in Stockbridge Town Hall, with The Hampshire Artists Cooperative. I’ll be delighted to meet up with you in person so do come over if you can and enjoy a lovely day out!

Please do get in touch I really would love to hear from you. Any comments or reflections on my most recent work is welcome. If you would like to join the mailing list please follow the link here. Special discounts are available when you do!
Happy art making