The other morning, Jessie took me for a walk on ‘The Line’ – a former railway line along the Ystradgynlais hillside which is now a popular path for dogwalkers and cyclists.

I hadn’t been out for a walk since well before lockdown began so it really was a feast for the senses walking the woodland trails and seeing all the fresh spring greenery in the golden morning light.

Obviously, I took my camera along and took plenty of photos to serve as inspiration for future pieces. However when I got home I found there was one particular shot that I was particularly drawn to, so I started a colour study.

A colour study is essentially a test. I paint on a small surface with the main concern of getting the colours. I can mix colours and work them into the painting without having to concern myself with how the final piece will look.

Within a couple of hours, it was finished. I posted it on my social media channels. I wasn’t prepared for such a positive response from something that was intended just as a test! People were asking if my colour studies are for sale.

I hadn’t even thought of it before.

Certainly something to consider when I’m finished on the final paintings.