Those of you who know me will know that my family went through an intense period of loss during my exhibition at The Horsebridge in December. The following months, prior to the onset of the Covid grip, were spent coping with the grief. I did not create any art and I did not do anything on social media.
As a cautious way back, I began posting photos of the paintings, cushions and prints I had sold at the exhibition now happy in their new homes. It was a lovely thing to do and proved to be a gentle way of re-approaching my creativity.
I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who came to my exhibition, those who were generous enough to buy my art and those who supported us during such an awful time.
And then lockdown hit. At the outset I had ideas for what my creative output might be during this very, very strange time. My first response was to make sure my children were safe and so they both came home. Since then my creativity has revolved around cooking and baking, supporting the children, defrosting the freezer and ordering cupboards. Not exactly painting.
So I was wondering if any of you are experiencing a similar situation. Has your usual form of creativity been replaced with forms that respond more directly to the lockdown? Or is it the opposite – that you are finding lockdown the perfect situation for your creativity to flourish and develop in ways you never would have dreamed? I would love to know.
Either way I hope that you and yours are safe and O.K. and that lockdown is not driving you mad and I pray that you stay well. As always, thank you for being there.