Glowing in the dark

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

So that's my Paint! Punch! Positivity! 2020 exhibition off I'm afraid.

But to be honest, it was always on the cards.

As winter pressures loom, doing all we can to get this virus under control takes priority over everything. There's so many people suffering such awful hardship at the hands of this thing. Keeping our nearest and dearest safe comes first every time.

Painting, punching and positivity will get me through this next lockdown, same as the last.

Hope you have some faithful fundamentals to rely on too to see you through this next wave.

My exhibition may or may not be rescheduled before the end of the year but if the last lockdown is anything to go by, probably not. But, just like before, the creating will continue.

Several people have suggested doing a virtual exhibition. I did film one at the start of the last lockdown but it had limited appeal. It is something I immediately started thinking about when I realised I would have to cancel again but I'm quite sceptical about how effective it would be.

The whole excitement of an exhibition for me is meeting people and chatting to them about my work and my journey, people engaging with me and my paintings in the flesh. I just don't feel the Zoom format allows for that.

And let's not forget, it's a lot of work setting up an exhibition, putting your heart and soul into making it look lovely and getting everything just right. I fear that knowing no-one would actually be visiting wouldn't be exciting, more of a sad and empty feeling. I'm just not convinced even a prolonged video tour with live chat comes anywhere close to the real thing.

All my paintings are available to view on my website and anyone can ask me any questions about them whenever they want. And so I think I will just wait until more favourable conditions allow for a real-life experience.

You know where I am if you need Christmas gifts and cards. Have lots of stock and can sort delivery.

Life is too short, too uncertain and too fragile. That is something coronavirus has brought to the forefront. And it makes me even more grateful than ever that I can count on my art to stay by my side throughout it all, good and bad, to help me make sense of, and feel a deeper connection with, the world around me, however unnerving and challenging it may be.

So the exciting unveiling of my big showpiece Quench was instead a rather understated affair. But creating it gave me the sense of purpose and focus that makes me feel alive. And the bright blues and warm glow of my European Roller will brighten my days to come until his true time in the sun.

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