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