Take Time to Explore

“I’ve been making the most of this extended time at home to explore a new direction in my painting,” says Barbara Tapp. “Actually, I’ve gone back to what I know best — drawing. I pulled out a box of Derwent watercolor pencils I inherited from my mum years ago that I’d never used. But the pencils weren’t the only recycled element of this exercise, so was the subject matter.

“Stay at Home Garbage” (watercolor and watercolor pencil, 7 x 10 in.)

“As a plein air painter now confined to my home, I’m finding inspiration in a number of surprising places. In this case, I was attracted to the shapes and colors in my recycling bin — a continually changing landscape. The objects provided the perfect opportunity to explore a colorful new tangent in my work. Striking while the inspiration was hot, I started Stay at Home Recycling at 10 p.m. and went to bed with my mind full of colors. A new creative doorway had been opened.”

“Stay at Home Recycling” (watercolor and watercolor pencil, 10 x 7 in.)

Barbara Tapp is an award-winning watercolor painter who continues to paint daily, exhibit, and compete in plein air events throughout the year.

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