• Paul Pigram

My daughter Jenny, granddaughter Lexi and Rose the Pomeranian descended upon my little house when they were between homes and now find themselves stuck here during lockdown.

They are squashed into my bedroom (me now in the box room – with a queen Anne bed for me and the two dogs to fight over). The 2nd bedroom is my workroom and now also Jenny’s office for Money Supermarket. I scuttle in whenever she is not working to get videoing and paintings done.

Lexi spends oodles of time playing “Vets” with her friends via my phone, laptop, and her I Pad, whereby fluffy toys mount up on my desk having cuts to be sewn up and masking tape bandages to be wrapped. They shout to each other as kids do getting louder and louder as they think no one is listening to them.

Alexa blares out music to the taste of a 7-year-old. I switch off my hearing aid.

The settee has become our gravitational spot for tea, games, telly, arguments, chill time, pink gin and then some more. Rose can watch the world from atop of the cushions and let us know if a cat or nothing has gone by with a good rendition of “Yap Yap Yap”.

Daisy is considerably older than Rose and would far rather have the settee all to herself but must contend with stuffing herself between Jenny and me. She has always liked to sit with the girls to listen to the chit chat.

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  • Paul Pigram

Updated: Aug 11

These are strange times that we are living through indeed. For certain, some of us are having a much harder time of it. Not least, coping with ongoing isolation and perhaps profound loneliness…

Here in North Wales, such a beautiful part of the country, many can get out for walks and fresh air, but for others, whether through illness or strict rules of separation , it is not possible. So, where does Art fit into that? Art is an escape like no other. Opening your paints can transport you to where ever you wish to go. Many artists have good practice at solitary life styles already. In fact there is subject matter around everywhere , even inside.

For me I have slightly changed my way of working, doing some still life’s that reflect confinement and narrow spaces. The main thing is always expressing what you feel and trying to get that onto the paper.

There is ALWAYS a good reason to paint, and people are waking up to the fact that it is good for your mental well being as well. I think every circumstance is a challenge, and as an Artist, you must always strive to be true to your authentic self. So, get the paints out! Even if for nothing more than to watch Watercolour flowing down the page and creating a different universe.

  • Paul Pigram

Updated: Feb 18

“Finding a subject“ is not something I set out to do, although I am always looking! Rather, it is a sub conscious matter and invariably my eye is drawn to low key/off centre stage themes.

Almost all my inspiration comes from within Bodnant. For example, this painting became an embryo in my mind on a very unassuming connecting pathway. I became aware of the possibilities when I noticed the plant material dying back and the cold autumnal sun highlighting the linear shapes and skeletal remains.

Technique is something that invariably becomes your handwriting, and I am more concerned with how I can depict something of the essence: A footprint, which can encapsulate the substance of my thought processes.

I find Autumn/Winter exciting, as the Summer sheds its florid vibrant apparel and the stark outlines render themselves towards a more graphic interpretation.

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