Artworks and comments by Members of Hertford Art Society
2020 has been a memorable year. With the UK in lockdown from March due to Coronavirus Pandemic and the balance of the Winter and Summer Programmes 2020 of activities cancelled, leisure activities became restricted. Members of Hertford Art Society were invited to contribute photographs of artworks and comments to the Society’s magazine in order to share their experiences. As things stand, it has been possible to launch the Winter Programme 2020-2021, with appropriate restrictions.
This is a selection of the work produced over the Spring and Summer by a number of our Members together with their comments on the impact of the lockdown.
The original picture is quite small only 17.5in x 15in but has a beautiful wide gold frame; I decided to paint on a 20in x 16in canvas. I feel I have learnt some interesting facts while studying the picture and also learnt some useful painting techniques. Vermeer’s painting was created in about 1665 and was known by various titles over the centuries, it was only given its present title towards the end of the 20th century. In fact some experts believe “the pearl” is not a pearl as it is too large, too reflective, the wrong shape and could be polished tin. The picture is known as a “Tronie”, a picture of a head, it depicts a European Girl with an exotic dress and oriental turban. The background appears to be black but experts believe it was originally a very dark green. I believe I have created a good likeness and I have learnt something of the technique of portrait painting. In fact we can only imagine how the painting looked when it was freshly painted 355 years ago.”
My other group, All Saints Art group, has also kept going by suggesting ideas each week. Each of us puts forward an idea on alternate week with a gallery of the group’s pictures being produced every few weeks.“
Celia Sanders “For me, I found it a very peaceful and thought provoking period.”
Diane Warburton “It's been such a joy during lockdown to have the time to paint.”
Geoff Bennett “Like many of our Members I found Lockdown a strangely peaceful experience – but then as retired folk with pensions and a roof over our heads we are in a very privileged position.
I saw Coronavirus as an opportunity to record our lives in the style of the War Diaries commissioned by the government in successive wars since WW1.”
Jill Mumford "For me the spring held an extra special magic this year because of the pandemic lock down. I felt huge gratitude that I have a lovely garden which is always a great source of inspiration for me as a painter. This Japanese tree peony is one of my favourites. Painting it brought me solace in a time of great anxiety and sorrow.”
Jill Rolf “I have to say I quite enjoyed waking up in the mornings and thinking ' I don't have to do anything or go anywhere I dont want to!'
Now life is getting busy again and I am determined to still have the odd 'lockdown' day somehow!”
Lynne Lawrence “Flowers are my thing and these paintings are dedicated to a dear friend who always said my flowers were lovely, and that I should continue my style of painting them.”