Cotswold Life Artist in Residence - Time to make a difference

House in Montpellier

House in Montpellier - Credit: Kitty Kovacevic

This month Cotswold Life Artist in Residence Kitty Kovacevic takes time out to discover something new, returning home to the Cotswolds brimming with fresh ideas

Out to Play collage

Out to Play collage - Credit: Kitty Kovacevic

Where does all the time go? This isn’t an unusual question but sadly it’s a common one and it applies to almost everything. On a daily basis we complain about not having time to do the things we want to. However, sometimes you just have to say STOP and step outside the rush to reclaim something for yourself. This month I had the opportunity to do just that and took two weeks out before starting a new job. At first I thought I’d spend my time leisurely drawing, but this didn’t seem right either. I needed something new and so did my artwork. So I surrendered my pencil and went to Stockholm via London (like you do!). Ahhh, what a relief it was to see something different, to people watch in a new place and to simply observe. Returning to London I borrow my friend’s university library card and the quest continues in the stacks of the UAL library. This is no spa weekend, but feels like I’m being treated. There is so much to take in that I photocopy everything in sight, refuelled on words and pictures… unless you like Mills and Boon, our local library sadly doesn’t compare. What does all this have to do with a drawing of Cheltenham? Back home again I look at my half-finished A2 and see a different drawing than the one I first started. Maybe it’ll be better to try graphite powder and scratchy lines on the Pump Room columns rather than overdoing the white pastel? Feeling excited I get started and find out… what do you think?