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Breathe

I have been working on this collection of paintings in response to my ongoing recovery from Long Covid. It is inspired by the simple word “Breathe”, and what  that has meant to me during the course of the Covid pandemic. During my initial Covid infection, which happened right at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, I found it very difficult to breathe. During my recovery from Long Covid, it has been important for me to relearn how to breathe correctly. At the same time, I’ve been using mindfulness and breath as a way to calm body and mind, which has helped my recovery.  

The abstract acrylic landscape paintings that form this collection reflect the emotions experienced when spending time out in nature. Incorporated in each one of these paintings is an element that represents the Morse code for the word “breathe”. In some of the works, this takes the form of a series of painted dots and dashes; while in others, there is a long horizontal line across the painting, across which are groups of long and short vertical lines, where the short  lines represent dots and the long lines represent dashes. The line of Morse code also works as a line of reflection within these paintings. This line of reflection alludes to the idea of looking at the world around us from a different point of view, to try out new perspectives. Lockdown brought with it a real appreciation of the benefit of spending time in green space.

Getting out into nature provides me with a real boost to my  mental  health.  "Breathe" is not just a prompt to spend time breathing in fresh air, but also to stop  and appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world.

Breathe - Blue Sky

an abstract acrylic sky painting in shades of blue and purple. A third of the way up the painting is a horizontal line that is a line of reflection. Across this line are long and short vertical lines that spell out “Breathe” in Morse code.

Acrylic on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

£200

Breathe – Blue Sky shows an abstract sky with banks of fine clouds moving across it.

Breathe - Sunset

canvas painted in oranges, yellows, light blues and greys to represent an abstract sunset sky. The canvas has a horizontal raised line across it a third of the way from the bottom, painted dark blue-grey. Across this are long and short vertical raised lines, spelling out “breathe” in Morse code. The colours of the sky are reflected above and below this line.

Mixed media – acrylic and texture paste on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

£200

Breathe – Sunset is an abstract sunset, The texture conveys the movement of the changing light at sunset as well as clouds drifting across the sky.

Breathe - Twilight

Breathe – Twilight is a landscape-orientation abstract acrylic painting of a twilight sky painted in dark shades of blue and teal. This is a textured painting, with roughly diagonal lines hatched loosely through the sky. These lines move diagonally up and to the left from a line a third of the way up the painting. Below this line, the lines of texture move diagonally down and to the left, roughly mirroring those above.

Mixed media – acrylic and texture paste on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

SOLD

Breathe – Twilight shows an abstract sky at twilight, The lines of texture convey the movement of clouds drifting across the sky.

Breathe - Shepherd's Warning

A landscape-orientation abstract red, textured painting on stretched canvas. Texture paste has been pulled into lines using a palette knife. The lines feather out to the right, up and down from a line about a third of the way up the canvas. This has been painted crimson red, with darker shades moving out from the dividing line, and some areas of slightly lighter pink and orange shades. Along the dividing line are dots and dashes of thick silver paint, spelling out the Morse code for the word Breathe.

Mixed media – acrylic and texture paste on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

SOLD

Breathe – Shepherd's Warning shows an abstract bright red sky at dawn – the name coming from the saying “red sky at night: shepherd’s delight; red sky at morning: shepherd’s warning.”

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