Covid Creativity: 18Mar2021

by Yvonne Callaway

I was highly productive at the beginning of the pandemic: 25 works completed in 3.5 months. Apparently change is a great instigator for new work. It was a great high! But after that, bupkiss. July to December only one small work.

In mid-January I challenged myself to work s-l-o-w-l-y, very slowly, in a series, with (for me) soft colours. Take Me Home was the calm, soothing result.

Take Me Home 
by Yvonne Callaway
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 36 inches

After easing the pace I moved on to Take Me Home Too. Similar conceit but simplified. I tried for colour masses a la Wolf Kahn but managed to add texture anyway–old habits die hard.

Take Me Home Too 
by Yvonne Callaway
Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 20 inches

I’m not at all sure about Take Me Home III. It follows the “trail” of the first two in its own way. Yet it took three times as much time to complete. It has about 16 layers of paint with colours changing like mad. The night I “finished” it I thought the triangle trees too intrusive. Next morning I liked them against the pale curdled sky. I can’t trust my own reactions just now.

Take Me Home III 
by Yvonne Callaway
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 24 inches

At this point it rests. Maybe twill stay as is, maybe I rework the trees to soft cotton candy puffs. Don’t know, time may tell. I will (try to) relax, reflect and leave the damn canvas alone for a while!

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  1. Your paintings are really neat!…Reminds me of Lynne’s 4 paintings of a tree…one painting for each season…These are a pretty series of colour, shape and style!Luv them!…Sandra 🤗Sent from Samsung tablet


  2. I am most partial to the first one. It is so soft and dreamy. It is interesting how you have used the same theme for the other two, discarding some details and retaining others. All in all it sounds like a fun and absorbing exercise.


  3. I really like the first one. I find it the one that is ‘most real’ – one could actually view such a scene during a soft mellow sunset.
    Curiosity question 🙂 Is there a reason that each successive painting is on a smaller canvas?


    • Yes, I’m running out of wall space! I have paintings hung everywhere. I’d wanted to do a “big” piece, hence the 24×36″ first work. But the others were exercises, so smaller fit the bill.


  4. I’m late in commenting, which is not to say I didn’ t like them. I do. Interesting progression from one to the other, from the softer less-Yvonne-like dreamy colours of the first, returning to the stronger colour and shapes I’ve come to expect and learned to appreciate in your work.


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