The hiatus in normality caused by this terrible pandemic has given me the time in the studio I’ve always dreamed of. And I’ve been making the most of it. I’ve switched to the landscape genre that I first loved and I am now producing what I think are becoming the strongest, most confident paintings of my career. I’ve included some pictures. Maybe you think I have too much self esteem?
In other parts of my work I, like everyone else, have switched to Zoom. In fact I am now completely at ease on the screen and can often be found guiding groups of strangers to paint landscapes using nothing but imagination and watered-down instant coffee (you get great brown tones). In my hosting I’ve even been likened to media gem Chris Evans. Maybe not enough self esteem?
Which brings me to my latest hurrah. I have just been awarded some funding to bring these Zoom art groups to the community I have worked with most over the past years and which is probably my favourite – adults in recovery from drug addiction. But perhaps this news is more to do with what comes next because look! Here comes that spirit of Christmas future, riding an electric scooter, eating bread he baked himself with an exciting new life balance and a determined look in his eye. Welcome 2021. What took you so bloody long?