Two years of observing and making work about activities in the fields around the studio have been a joy. But not everything is joy for farmers, especially small ones. The Shepherd has a cloud hanging over him that shows his thoughts on current prices.
Cowpats (cast in plaster from real ones) represent unexpected events that affect plans: Splotch! Covid...splat! Putin's war...splutch! cost of living. Things are growing out of the cowpats, a fertile but messy source of new growth. Which new sprouting forms are good and which less so? More developments are incubating here.
Paintings and drawings often begin with careful observation then became more abstract. They retain some characteristic lines and forms that allude to the original activity.
Many thanks are due to kind neighbours and farmers who have given time, shared thoughts and information, and permitted observation of their activities.