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Taking the Pledge…


Easing out of lockdown now, and reacclimatising myself to something like normal life as the noise of the streets drowns out the birdsong again…  I know how immensely lucky I’ve been, as one of those for whom the last four months haven’t meant any real hardship – just peace and quiet and a guilty enjoyment of life being suddenly very simple and free of decisions: a bit like when snow brings everything to a halt.  I still had a few writing commissions to work on, and I even found new subjects to paint, discovering streets and buildings I’d never noticed before as I sought out new routes on my ‘daily walk’.

And I’ve been doubly lucky because of the Artist Support Pledge – the Instagram scheme started by Sussex-based artist Matthew Burrows to help artists recoup income lost through cancelled exhibitions and suspended classes.  Not sure how much the Pledge has turned over in total so far, but in my case it’s helped me find new buyers, new artists – and new art, because the idea is that you promise to buy from another artist as soon as you reach £1000 in sales.  At a time when life was reduced to essentials and so many businesses were closed down overnight, this was a way of encouraging us to keep investing in each other, and in art: perhaps not actually essential, but definitely life-enhancing.  I’m still making frames and delivering paintings I’ve sold through @artistsupportpledge – and by providing an income, it’s also allowed artists to donate to fundraising projects, giving a percentage of their sales to food banks, NHS charities and other important causes.

One of the few good things to have emerged out of Covid-19.  It would be nice to think there might be some more to come…

INK Festival, Suffolk

window sill

Delighted to have sold this painting (Window sill: Where the light falls) at the first ART@INK exhibition last month, part of the fabulous INK Festival that’s become an April fixture in the cultural calendar of the lovely town of Halesworth in Suffolk. It was a privilege to be shown alongside brilliant artists including Roger Hardy, Dina Southwell, Melanie Goemans and Sula Rubens, in the beautiful top-floor gallery of The Cut arts centre – and to be able to enjoy the packed programme of short plays (great drama, superb acting)  running in the theatre spaces downstairs. Very happy that part of the proceeds from paintings sold go to fund the festival and the work it does for theatre in the community.  Long may it continue – already looking forward to next year.

In Country Living this month…

Very exciting to have a painting featured in the Emporium pages at the front of the March issue of Country Living – alongside beautiful things from people like Seasalt and Designers Guild.  I write features for the magazine quite regularly, but this is the first time they’ve shown one of my pictures, and it’s been lovely to hear from readers who are interested in them.

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