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Welcome Spring / 19 April 2016

April 2016 Blog

Spring feels very welcome this year, after a spell of immobility, the sunshine has come and as always, it draws me out into the landscape. I am beginning to regain some independence and with it comes the desire to be creative.

Photography is always my first outlet, even when my mobility is limited, it still allows me to get out and do something. At the moment, I am taking photos to inform ideas for a painting to hopefully be part of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Exhibition to celebrate their 60th anniversary. I have been pleased by the accessibility of many of their sites, so even when I am in my wheelchair, I can get out and take photos. I will share the images I create for this later in the year.

As for my current project “Chapters”, it feels like I have been stuck at the start line for ages, having not really been able to sustain any period to get my teeth into it, but it is progressing and I am starting to generate ideas and images that I feel are communicating my thoughts pretty well.

Attached is an early version of something I am working on digitally. I don’t have a title for it yet but it uses my usual layering of images and the erosion through time ideas. As usual the gestural elements are there to provide the emotional side of things, in a more abstract form that contrast and conflict with the photographs of memorable people and or events/places.

Comments and feedback are always very welcome and if you would like to see more of this projects progress, please follow me on Facebook or visit www.alanhopwood.com

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