I've been very lazy on the painting front the last 18 months. So when the email announcing the Sketchbook Projects Pen Pal Painting Exchange arrived in my inbox I decided it was the push I needed to dust off the paintbrushes and signed up. A week or so later the pack with my 4x4 canvas and note card arrived. The theme for the project is Connections in the Distance so I dug out my notebook and had a flick through it to kick start some ideas. I found myself drawn (again) to the theme of memory, how it fades and changes. This is something I've played with quite a lot over the years. Recently I've been moving away from the abstract toward realistic images of places, feelings and times. Following this through I decided to paint a seascape based on sketches and polaroids I made while on holiday in St. Ives, Cornwall two years ago.
The days we spent in St. Ives were hot and relaxed. The sky was fuzzy with heat. We ate ice-cream and twisted our way through the town, away from the crowds, toward the hill with the church. We sat on the beach with our ginger beer and pretended we were in an Enid Blyton adventure.
The paint is almost dry. I'll be sending it off to the folks at the Brooklyn Art Library in the next week. Then waiting and waiting and waiting for the rattle of the letterbox when the painting they exchange it for finds its way to my house. Time always moves slower when your waiting.