This was the first painting I made after the Covid-19 pandemic came to the UK. The roads were empty, everyone was at home, and the apple tree in my garden and the Lady’s Smock flowers growing in the grass, quite unaware of the crisis all around, came into flower.
I realised after I painted this that the square box of a surround that the apple tree lady is bursting through was nearly the colour of my living-room walls, where I have spent a little too much time recently. But the Apple Lady has burst out of the box to watch the orange-tip butterflies fencing wildly with their swords, as quick and free as the wind.
The apple lady, the flowers and the green of the Tamar Valley behind her had a special resonance, because I painted them thinking of a friend who is stuck in a small apartment in Brooklyn, without any outdoor space at all.
Painted in Windsor & Newton professional acrylic on A3 Daler Rowney multimedia artboard. Before mounting and framing, the size is 297 x 420 mm.
This painting is for sale without a frame and mount, since it’s easier to post that way, but I can supply it mounted and framed if you prefer (at additional cost).