I love seeing the work by those artists who are managing to create a “lockdown” diaries or series – I am making work every day more or less and inevitably in response to the current circumstances but I am not sure I could gather it all together except maybe by date and I’d need some sort of overarching title, so for now I’m just carrying on and seeing where I get to.
So a couple more Unanticipated World pieces: drawing in marker pens over a history of drawn and printed marks:
Of all the things that could go wrong and one could plan for, the corona virus pandemic was way off the radar and it is making for a slightly stressful household of 2 or 4 if I count the cat and the dog, though they don’t seem too stressed – just the humans.
So another 3 weeks at least for the general population and another 7 weeks at least for me. I am missing the studio and want to get back in there as soon as I can, apart from anything to give my husband a break and get out of his hair, especially if he carries on working at home. He is having to do anything and everything that happens outside the confines of the house and garden and he seems quite stressed.
I am carrying on with the watercolours – I like the medium for its fluidity and the way it repays intense concentration and focus as well as introspection. Seems quite apt for these times.
The good weather recently tempted me into the garden, seeing as I am not allowed out anywhere else, and I have surprised myself with a series of watercolours (to be continued).
I say surprised as these seem a bit “old fashioned”…
Had a bit of a dip over the weekend and wasn’t feeling great on Monday either but was hugely cheered that evening by my first Zoom drawing club. Five of us “got together”, drew and chatted for about 2 hours. It worked really well and like my physical club sessions it was peer-to-peer sharing rather than a workshop. For so many artists this seems to fill a gap – they don’t need workshops – just time occasionally to work in a shared space before going back to solo time.
Drawing by Rosie James
Otherwise more ink drawings in my Family Stories series and a few gelli plate prints as well as updating the website.
I am also posting on Instagram using the hashtags #covid19artistsathome and have joined Matthew Burrows’s #artistsupportpledgeinitative It’s a simple concept, you post images of your work you are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Every time you reach £1,000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work for £200. This creates a small but dynamic market where all can contribute whatever their level of success. This is a culture dependanct on the honesty and generosity of our artistic communities at every level. So, make a pledge and post your work with the #artistsupportpledge.