This small study of and old bolt on a door of the barn is painted in acrylic on canvas.
This is where I write a whole lot more about it – what can I say?
It caught my eye and I painted it, little details like that often make a really good subject to paint. You can look at the shapes and shadows and get totally involved in looking and interpreting.
Sometimes an object does have particular significance for something going on in life at the time.
This bolt could represent freedom or feeling trapped – I can’t say I remember whether I had any feelings about that when I painted it, can’t remember.
I think this bolt was stuck. The closing part of the bolt had been moved too close and the bolt could not come away enough to open it.
Maybe I was not looking properly, or maybe it really was like that…