Featured above, "She Dances" / 48 x 24
To mention COVID-19 or not to mention COVID-19, that is the question…Seriously crazy times we’re living in right now!
Originally, I was going to tell you about the amazing show we had in Amelia Island Florida and then talk about the great shows coming up this month and next. However, the five events scheduled through the end of May have all been cancelled or postponed until Fall or 2021. So instead, let’s just focus on the positive stuff.
Breathe in…breathe out.
The Amelia Island Concours was a really great show! The event was well attended, the weather was beautiful and we were able to connect with many old and new friends. It’s truly an enjoyable event for us and I was so thankful that we had the opportunity to get this one under our belts to start the year as it gave us some much-needed momentum to prepare us for the coming weeks ahead. We returned home from Florida the evening of March 10 and later that week, the Corona Virus changed the world.
Since I work from my studio in solitude, there’s very little that has changed in my daily work life…except my kids are home all day, and it’s raining…a lot lately. But as an extrovert who has regularly scheduled activities to keep me socialized, this whole “social distancing” business makes me a smidge nuts. I live in Orange County CA, and as most places nowadays, we are on mandated “shelter in place” orders. Only allowed to go out for essential needs. Okay, I can do this…but for how long?
Texting friends. Calling family. Checking on neighbors. Painting. New projects for collectors (thanks friends!). Doing an inventory for supplies. Organizing the studio and storage unit. Reading. Praying. Playing games with the kids (when they comply/are forced to). Binge watching dumb series on Netflix and Prime. AVOIDING THE NEWS. Finding creative ways to support our local small businesses. Well, that took care of the first 10 days…now what?
What are some ways that you’re staying healthy, positive, grounded in your quarantine zone? Please share!
I know that in all this fear is our enemy. There are a ton of reasons for me to spin out with anxiety these days, and I won’t lie, I’ve tiptoed into that dark abyss once or twice over the past couple of weeks. But God, in His infinite grace and mercy, has continued to meet my doubts and fears with an unexpected project from a collector, or an encouraging call from a dear friend who knows her “social” friend is in need of a good laugh. God is good that way!
All and all I need to keep reminding myself that even in the midst of this scary and perplexing time that there is still beautiful and good things to be found. Hope still shines in the darkness if you look for it. It’s that discovery that called me back into painting years ago and what keeps me going now. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even be thankful we experienced the Great COVID-19 lockdown of 2020?
Be well, be safe and simply know that in the quiet of my studio, I’m praying for you.