Painting in lockdown

While the world sheltered from the pandemic, I got my brushes out and made art

Painting in lockdown
25th June 2020 Jane Tomlinson
In About art

Grey wagtail by the Windrush

Paintings made during lockdown 2020

During lockdown from late March to the end of June 2020 I was painting like mad! It was an essential activity. It forced me to be observant and kept me busy, happy and sane.

I tried to make the most of the confinement; I was part of an online visual arts festival, made short films to support that, watched the arrival of spring during our permitted exercise, and painted views from our riverside walks.

Visually impaired

The eye operation I need which was scheduled for late March was cancelled. Painting detail was a struggle! The irony of being visually impaired during the only time in my life that I’ve ever had to concentrate entirely on my art is not lost on me. But it didn’t stop me. I applied paint in a much freer way, and with the exception of British crows, and British Owls, I focused (!) on subjects which are more forgiving – trees, rivers, foliage, flowers – which all allowed me to make mistakes (many of which turn out to be ‘happy accidents’) and for it not to matter at all. Turns out I love painting this way!

Digital files are available of all these paintings for you to make a one-off print in a size and format of your choice, price £35. Read more about this increasingly popular option.

Here’s what I painted during lockdown, safe from coronavirus:

The Thames at Swinford Bridge
26 -27 June
The Thames at Swinford Bridge
watercolour & acrylic inks – £215
Bridge over the Wharf Stream, Eynsham
24-25 June
SOLD Bridge over the Wharf Stream, Eynsham
watercolour & acrylic inks
Grey wagtail by the Windrush
22-23 June
Grey wagtail by the Windrush
watercolour & acrylic inks – £215
British Owls
16 -19 June
British Owls
watercolour – £360
Yellow flags among the willows
8-9 June
SOLD Yellow flags among the willows
watercolour & acrylic inks
Angelica by the Thames
4-5 June
Angelica by the Thames
watercolour & acrylic inks – £215
Heron over the Thames
2-3 June
Heron over the Thames
watercolour & acrylic inks – £195
Sedge warbler by the Thames
30-31 May
Sedge warbler by the Thames
watercolour & acrylic inks – £215
Yellow flags by the Thames
24-25 May
SOLD Yellow flags by the Thames
watercolour & acrylic inks
Thames Path near Farmoor, Oxfordshire
23 May
SOLD Thames Path near Farmoor, Oxfordshire
watercolour & acrylic inks
British Crows painting
11-15 May
SOLD British crows
watercolour & acrylic inks
A2 prints – £35 (and greetings cards)
Horse chestnut and red campion
10 May
Horse chestnut and red campion
watercolour & acrylic inks – £215
May tree on Pigeon House Lane
9 May
May tree on Pigeon House Lane
watercolour & acrylic inks – £215
cow parsley on pigeon house lane
8 May
SOLD Cow parsley on Pigeon House Lane
watercolour & acrylic inks

4 & 5 May 2020
SOLD Judi’s Sunflowers
This was a special commission for a customer
made in memory of her late brother
Kissing trees on Pigeon House Lane
30 April
SOLD Kissing trees on Pigeon House Lane
watercolour & acrylic inks

27 April
SOLD Lilac on Pigeon House Lane
watercolour & acrylic inks
April Garden
19 April
April Garden
watercolour – £185
Cherry tree on Pigeon House Lane
14 and 15 April
Cherry Tree on Pigeon House Lane
SOLD watercolour & acrylic inks
Pigeon House Lane in Freeland, Early April
13 April
Pigeon House Lane, Early April
watercolour & acrylic inks – £165
Meadow brown hares - painting by Jane Tomlinson
27 March – 12 April
SOLD Meadow brown hares
watercolour & acrylic inks
prints – £35
greetings cards – £2

9-11 April
Summer hare
an MDF panel painted with acrylics
for hanging in the garden – £300
5 April
BOTH SOLD Puffins!
paper mache/junk , acrylics, varnish

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