As social (physical) distancing drags on people are dreaming of getting their lives back. I have three more drawings in the Covid-19 series, this first is inspired by a study which surveyed how the pandemic was manifesting in peoples dreams.
The second is about the realities of parents, grandparents and volunteer caregivers who are now juggling the responsibilities of full time child care and full time remote work. It is a blessing of communications technology that many are able to do this and maintain income security. Some telecommuters are able to help family members who are considered front line essential services, but without child care, to maintain their income security by pulling double duty. However it needs to be recognized that of necessity neither job is going to get the undivided care and attention it normally receives.
The third drawing is about Mother’s day, and the circumstance that will keep many parents in care from visiting with their loved ones anytime soon.
I anticipate another 4 in the series for 38, and then we will see where we go from there with the Covid-19 artwork. Currently I am wrapping up my first ever online print pre-sale and I am happy with all that I have learned from this venture, the new people I have had the opportunity to connect with and with the encouragement and support I have received. I will be sending the images to the printer in the next couple days as well as ordering related shipping supplies. Once I know what all of the actual (not projected) costs of this venture have been I will be able to re-introduce the online shop to the Covid-19 page and apply that knowledge forward.
Also this week, I was happy to welcome Florence and Yilu to the Sunflower Project with #6 (Sunflower Seed #60) & #7 (Sunflower Seed #61) of the 12 days of Christmas series of sunflower seed paintings. May their paintings encourage them to share their 1000 gifts with the world! If you would like to participate in the Sunflower Project, go here to learn more and sign up!
So I feel like we have settled into a little routine or a new normal, as they are saying now, although we are all looking forward to (if not quite certain about) plans to ease restrictions and re-open businesses.
There was a lot of questions about herd immunity, and whether this can be relied upon to protect us as we start going out in public again. How many would need to be immune and how long does immunity last? My thoughts are that if you are in a high risk category you should probably play it safe for a while yet, while if you are healthy you can probably have a little more faith in the ability of the medical system to take care of you should your case be more severe. However even a young healthy person should still avoid contact with those in high risk categories to keep them safe.
Last weekend we had the opportunity to go out to Elbow Falls for a walk when the province re-opened the parking lots and staging areas at provincial parks. It was absolutely wonderful. We weren’t driving a convertible, but I think the feeling was the same.
In Sunflower Project news, Lorraine Appleby joined the project this week, and Sunflower Seed # 5 went out to her. Georgina K contacted me about her project inspired by the sunflower project. She has been leaving gifts of hand crafted fabric trees about for passers by, and left one for me on Friday too! Watch for those around your area if you are in Calgary!
It is almost a month and a half now since Covid-19 was declared a global Pandemic and our lives here in North America went topsy turvy. I think a lot of people are appreciating the warmer weather, but not sure how they are going to enjoy it this summer. All of our plans are under revision now.
Amidst a whole raft of summer event cancellations, it was announced this week that the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede is officially cancelled for 2020. I anticipated this, however I know that the organizers, competitors, exhibitors and vendors were all hoping that somehow it could go ahead. The event brings millions of visitors from all over the globe to Calgary, and generates multi-millions of dollars of revenue. There are visual artists in the Artist’s Studios section for whom substantial incomes are made from just this one 10 day event. I am not one of them; this would have been just my second year participating in the commissioned sales section. However I will miss the chance to connect with art lovers and build audience while making a few sales and engaging in the lively spirit Stampede brings to the city. If you are interested in buying one of the paintings I would have shown, contact me. They are 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas and priced at 295 CAD each.
I am amazed that, even though times are uncertain, so many people are supporting the studio. Because of this, I am making a few videos about my experience making art during Covid-19. The first one (below) was posted to my Youtube channel yesterday, and asks the question: can an art business grow even during Covid-19? I answer that question with my story (spoiler, the answer is yes).
I am still thinking about why this is possible; it makes no logical sense to me. I have always been told that art is a luxury, and the first thing to be sacrificed during times of insecurity. Perhaps art is not such a luxury after all? Perhaps it serves some vital purpose? My next week video will be about lessons I learned making art during Covid-19. If I have any insights to that question by then, I will share them in that video. If you are curious to see that video be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don’t miss it. I appreciate your subscriptions as, should one day I reach 1000 subscribers (I’m a long way from that yet), Youtube will actually send a little money my way when people view my videos. It is a great way to support my studio at no additional cost.
Okay, how about we all get some sun with a socially distanced walk or some yard work? I think I will be cleaning and setting up my patio after my work is done today. Thanks for reading, see you next week!