Afternoon tea © Claire Leggett

10.5 hours later and it’s all finished. Completing a big painting can be a bit like running (which I love/hate.) On setting out I feel positive and want to do it, then at some point it starts to hurt and I feel myself wanting to stop and go and do something less taxing. But a nagging voice shouts ‘Stamina Claire!’ and I get past the burn and finish with a sprint.

There is a lot I like about this painting and it wasn’t too much of a marathon. But once I’ve finished a painting I have to shut it away for a bit and not look at it for a while. So I’m off to the cinema to vegetate! Hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend too.