The last year has seen a new category to my art work, one which I call ‘Lockdown Art’. I have never produced so many sketchbooks in one year, not even in art school. They are full of drawings of me and Luke and our house and the Shouty cat. I even resorted to using myself as a life model in the absence of life drawing sessions. I made large charcoal drawings of my naked body, something I’ve never done before which felt interesting and odd and also kind of freeing, especially having hit a rather significant birthday in 2020. I took lines for walks around my house, drawing Luke at work and the cat in his many sleeping spots, I opened cupboards drawing their contents, drew the views from my windows and sat on the doorstep of my house and made collages of my street and through the backdoor of my garden. It’s been fun to explore my world in this way and these sketchbooks will be an interesting diary of this time. But having explored all the nooks and crannies, I also now feel really ready and my pencils are itching, to go outside and draw the rest of the world.
Salina will be teaching collage workshops for adults online during February half term.
Photo collaging from my doorstep
This blog post original appeared on the website of Blackheath Conservatoire on 27/01/2021 www.conservatoire.org.uk/latest/news/292-lockdown-blog