A GROUP of artists have created socially distanced paintings of the Howardian Hills - from a back garden.

When gallery owner Kevin Bradshaw invited artists Patrick Smith, Phil Reynolds and Russell Bailey for a visit to his mum’s garden last month, he also asked them to bring their painting gear with them.

“I had an idea that we could make something exciting happen in lockdown,” said Kevin, whose gallery, Nunnington Galleries, has only just reopened after being closed for 12 weeks.

“As restrictions started to ease and we were allowed to visit each other’s gardens, I thought it would be fun to invite a few of the artists we work with for a socially distanced day out.

“My mother’s garden in Nunnington has amazing views and I was delighted that Patrick, Phil and Russell agreed to come and paint from there.

“Under the circumstances it was also great to be able to get together after not seeing each other for so long.

“It was interesting to see how they worked on the day. Patrick and Phil got stuck into a canvas each, while Russell created four works in progress from which he later created a final piece.”

The paintings depict views of the Howardian Hills and are currently for sale at Nunnington Galleries.

Kevin said: “We’re really delighted to welcome people back to the gallery and we are implementing social distancing guidelines.”

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