61cm (H) X 84cm (W)
The South Island in New Zealand offers some extraordinary vistas and astonishing weather events. The clouds can suddenly come over in the blink of an eye, and all of a sudden, the view has totally changed.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it offers a smorgasbord of ever-changing, enticing things to look at, as was the case when this photograph was taken. I loved the way the mist draped itself like a veil across the hills.
This year, like many other creative people I have spoken to, I was stuck in quite a creative funk. Drawing seemed to be the only thing I could get up the energy to tackle, and although I began this work in mid-April, I only picked up the brush again and finished it in late October.
There seems to be a general malaise amongst the people I meet - their energy is down, and they feel lacklustre and somewhat lost. I believe this is a longer-term effect of the last two years' lockdowns and strain on our mental and emotional health - something that is generally quite debilitating for our creativity.
I also spent the last year writing an ebook titled 'Journaling for Mental Health.' It is a study in how we can support our mental wellness using a creative approach and how you can do that using different journaling techniques, among other things outlined in the book.
On a lighter note, I love the light in this painting and it is what drew me to painting it in the first place.
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