6 Months In

Foxgloves in the Orchard. Plein Air oil on panel 18cm x 24cm

Well, what can I say? What times we are living in.A bit of a serious post.

I have been shielding elderly relatives (who are quite scared and in one case just cannot comprehend what is happening) Whilst carrying on day to day life under the lockdown. It’s been a time to really take stock in a way I have not before of my life and my working practice. My garden has never looked better (and I am sure I am not the only one) and I manage to paint every single day.

This awful virus has affected my artist friends in different ways. Some have found themselves totally unable to create, completly derailed by the whole situation. Others have launched themselves head first in to a storm of creativity. Some, myself included, have found themselves oscilating between the two. Thankfully I have spent more of my time feeling inspired.  And I must confess that the peace and quiet and as my husband put it, ‘a return to what it was like in the 70s’ suits me well, I had not really fully appreciated how frenetic modern life is, it kind of creeps up on you. The respite the planet has had from us humans shows in so many ways, and I pray that our governments take the opportunity to rebuild the World Economy in greener ways. My belief is that we should be far less consumerist, far less wasteful with our resources. We are encouraged to consume more and more to keep the economy bouyant, that is not sustainable, there has to come a breaking point in all that consumption.

 

Covid-19 has affected us all in so very many ways. I knew it would be quite bad, but I didn’t expect lives to be completely thrown upside down. Some people face such enormous difficulties both practical and emotional, that I can hardly imagine what it is like to be under lockdown with no job and poor prospects. So, I consider myself truly blessed to live in my little rural corner of West Wales. It has made me think a great deal about how I want to live my life going forward. Life is precious. The planet is precious, both should be looked after and cherished, enjoyed and shared.

If the virus has done anything positive at all it is to show us how we need to slow down, take stock and rebuild or economy in a far more sustainable way.It has also shown how many selfish people really don’t care so long as their own lives are not affected. There has been so much good spirit and community shown too though and this gives me hope that we do actually have a future, I am sure that Covid-19 is not the last challenge that we will face. So.. what will be our new ‘Normal’ ?

 

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