'What I remember about camping, at night so still' - 60.9 x 121.9cm - Original painting
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2020: 2 camping trips cancelled! This work was inspired by the memories of camping - the feeling of relaxation that happens almost involuntarily, the freedom of being under the trees and stars, by a fire. With a group of friends and just the basics . . .
'Shadow & glow' was created in the midst of the pandemic, after the initial discombobulation settled and the slivers of gold started to appear.
Lockdown meant long stretches of time to paint and a chance to focus on the important things. I noticed a growing attachment to nature and an increased yearning to be out in the natural world. Daily walks through the tiny pockets of nature - not usually the main feature of inner city living - became the highlight and the inspiration for the new works.
Short winter days meant walks usually happened just before dusk, when everything intensified.
As a painter, I am inspired by the abstract shapes and colours in the suburban landscape. I aim to create a beautiful atmosphere for viewers to feel and connect with, rather than trying to depict reality.
I am equally drawn to the shadows and the glow - the beautiful soft-edged shadows cast by trees and the glow of the sinking sun and changing traffic lights. Tiny brightly coloured flowers against blocks of blue-green leaves, white branches and pale foggy air.
Belinda Marshall 2020
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