With the clocks going back last Saturday, I breath a sense of relief, the lighter evenings are here and hopefully  a lot more sunshine. In fact today has been very warm and the first lockdown restrictions have been lifted, a day to be grateful for. I’m comfortable with a slow lifting of restrictions as I need to ease myself out of some lockdown routines which I’ve developed over the past year and find new ones to replace them. Easier said then done, especially the one where I wake up and do nothing, because I haven’t planned anything except a zoom call in the afternoon and that call will be the focus of my day and I won’t be able to do anything else because that one hour call, no matter what it is, will be all too time consuming. I’m just hoping some of you will relate to this one.

Easter Sunday this week and I know this because the daffodils and blossom are in full bloom, always a good reminder. I found out that legend has it, giving one daffodil is seen to be bad luck and a bunch will bring happiness. I have a bunch in the studio and  the colour is just beautiful, we should get these on prescription.

Much of this month has been taking up with plenty of walks, developing new artwork mostly 14.8 x 21 cm in size which you can find in the online shop here from Sunday the 4th April. I have also given my instagram a new look, which you can see by clicking through to the account at the bottom of the page, let me know what you think. I nearly forgot to tell you about the voice over introduction for the new project, which is now called ’12months 12 paintings’ as we couldn’t get the instagram account for ’12 paintings in 12 months.’ This will be going up on social media next month and I’ll link to it then.

In the past few days, I’ve started to paint on a larger scale, which I look forward to showing you next month along with a new greeting card pack. Tomorrow I’ll be taking new prints to the gorgeous shop Reste in Hastings Old Town, which for now you can buy online.

Wishing you all a wonderful April and here’s to the enjoyment of taking small steps towards a life where we can start to reconnect again.

Arrival of snow

Hastings Country Park

February comes to an end which has seen a few days of snow and has been really cold at times, but today is very different the sun is out and you can feel the warmth of those rays.

A much welcomed government announcement has been laid out on easing  lockdown restrictions. This has left me with a sense of excitement along with the veil being lifted on me spending too many hours in bed, too much time on social media when work had to be done and my extra long breakfasts which have become quite a ritual, I could go on, but I won’t. Work has been completed although my output has been slower during this time. I really would like the way I currently work to remain the same, maybe with less hours in bed. I’m sure this goal is achievable and one I’ll be making sure I work towards.

Talking about work, there will be a shop update next month with new paintings and I’ll be selling a few pieces on instagram too, you can follow along @obikodesign

If you get in quick and would like a thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day on 14th March, there is still time to commission a painted keepsake, details on how to place an order can be found here. 

With spring surrounding us so soon, I’m really looking forward to taking in all those gorgeous colours and flowers. As many of you know, much of my artwork is influenced by nature, especially the abstract pieces and at this time of year my creativity peaks, but my knowledge is limited on the species I draw and paint. I’m going  to rectify this by digging a little deeper into the makings of these wondeful plants and trees and when I’ve discovered something newsworthy I’ll pass some of that new found knowledge your way. If you have any book, blog, podcast recommendations on this topic please let me know.

Until next month, enjoy the lighter days, rest and take time out for the little things.