lockdown diaries

Lockdown Diaries

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.

  • Lockdown Diaries
  • 01-has-anyone-told-ambridge
    Has Anyone Told Ambridge by Geoff Bennett
  • 01-lockdown
    Lockdown by Geoff Bennett
  • 01-new-normal
    New Normal by Geoff Bennett
  • 01-ppe-selfie
    PPE Selfie by Geoff Bennett
  • 01-social-distancing
    Social Distancing by Geoff Bennett
  • 02-nicola-dobrowolski
    Nicola Dobrowolski
  • 03-july-2020-touch
    July 2020 Touch by Marianne Dorn
  • 04-photo-george-garbutt-2020-oil-on-canvas
    Photo by George Garbutt 2020 oil on canvas
  • 05-gillian-harman
    By Gillian Harman
  • 05-source
    By Gillian Harman
  • 06-italian-bliss
    Italian Bliss by Chris Hewitt
  • 06-somewhere-in-wales
    Somewhere in Wales by Chris Hewitt
  • 07-john-jarratt-01
    by John Jarratt
  • 07-john-jarratt-02
    by John Jarratt
  • 07-john-jarratt-03
    by John Jarratt
  • 08-lynne-lawrence-01
    by Lynne Lawrence
  • 08-lynne-lawrence-02
    by Lynne Lawrence
  • 08-lynne-lawrence-03
    by Lynne Lawrence
  • 08-lynne-lawrence-04
    by Lynne Lawrence
  • 08-lynne-lawrence-05
    by Lynne Lawrence
  • 09-youngsbury-ford-in-april-pat-mann
    Youngsbury Ford in April by Pat Mann
  • 10-fleet-street-carol-mountford
    Fleet Street by Carol Mountford
  • 11-harlow-countryside
    Harlow Countryside by Mitiko Murata
  • 11-hunsdon-riverwalk
    Hunsdon Riverwalk by Mitiko Murata
  • 11-roydon-bridge
    Roydon Bridge by Mitiko Murata
  • 11-sorrow
    Sorrow by Mitiko Murata
  • 12-jill-mumford
    by Jill Mumford
  • 13-june-pickard
    by June Pickard
  • 14-jill-rolf-01
    by Jill Rolf
  • 14-jill-rolf-02
    by Jill Rolf
  • 14-jill-rolf-03
    by Jill Rolf
  • 14-jill-rolf-04
    by Jill Rolf
  • 14-jill-rolf-05
    by Jill Rolf
  • 14-jill-rolf-06
    by Jill Rolf
  • 15-celia-sanders-01
    by Celia Sanders
  • 15-celia-sanders-02
    by Celia Sanders
  • 15-celia-sanders-03
    by Celia Sanders
  • 15-celia-sanders-04
    by Celia Sanders
  • 16-all-saints-church
    All Saints Church by Diane Warburton
  • 16-captain-sir-tom-moore
    Captain Sir Tom Moore by Diane Warburton
  • 16-river-dwelling-in-malaysia
    River Dwelling in Malaysia by Diane Warburton
  • 16-rooftops-of-dordogne
    Rooftops of Dordogne by Diane Warburton
  • 16-wish-you-were-here
    Wish You Were Here by Diane Warburton
  • 17-ray-ward-01
    by Ray Ward
  • 17-ray-ward-02
    by Ray Ward
  • 17-ray-ward-03
    by Ray Ward
  • 17-ray-ward-04
    by Ray Ward

George Garbutt
“During the early part of the lock down I decided to paint a likeness of the painting by Vermeer – The Girl with a Pearl Earring. This was inspired by a very fleeting visit some years ago to The Hague.

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.”

Gillian Harman
“During the lockdown I have kept going the two local art groups that I belong to by emailing round a suggested painting topic each week for people to work on. The Pipers End Art Group, mostly Hertford Art Society members, ran out of ideas fairly soon and one member suggested using the alphabet, taking a successive letter each week and painting something beginning with that letter. Some of the ideas have been very imaginative. Members then emailed me their pictures and I have put together and circulated a gallery of these pictures most weeks. The attached picture, Easter Teatime, I did in April. Since July we have managed a group of six painting outside, when rain did not stop play! We hope to return to inside by the end of September.

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.“

Marianne Dorn
“Lockdown has provided time for introspection and an opportunity to look back at previous ideas. I pulled out my folders of old life drawings: There turned out to be a few pleasant surprises amongst them though, of course, my most inept attempts had to be thrown out. Drawings that were not quite good enough to keep but too intriguing for the recycling bin found themselves in limbo. I transferred these into a folder labelled “Work over these imaginatively! Recently, this folder has turned out to be my greatest source of inspiration. Some drawings have been worked over in pastel, paint or ink, while others have been used as starting-points for new pictures. To varying extents, the resulting images reflect the emotional and bodily experience of living in a socially-distanced world.”