One: Isolation

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Isolation: a common state of affairs among artists. Creativity requires alone time. Generally, we gather information, caresses touching our souls, as we live in the world. Ideas swirl, coalesce, reform within the period of incubation. Then we withdraw to put our light to paper. Subsequently, we re-emerge to show the world the results, be it visual, musical, theatrical, choreography or a combination of all.

Isolation suits me

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A light in the darkness

As a result, our present circumstance of isolation suits me for the moment. Incubation can still occur in the inundation of virtual information. I am spending way more time on my computer, usage up thirty-three percent from last week and growing. The internet is a blessing, enabling me to keep in touch with those I love and stimulating my brain. Too much of a good thing can also be a curse. Requires supervision and limitation.

Stepping out of my comfort zone

isolation, acrylic on paper
Doorway to light

Our new normal demands rethinking schedules and priorities. Moving into the virtual sphere precludes an expertise absent in my repertoire. Pushed out of my comfort zone, I am considering making videos instead of taking photos. I long for my former isolation. My studio is cozy. However, help abounds. All I need do is ask or google it.

Continuing isolation

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Winter Sun brings light

Since the statistics show how our isolation, social distancing, is essential for flattening the curve, I am willing to comply. We are in this for the long haul. I look forward to changes in other aspects of the governance of our world. Rather than hanging on to what was not working before, we can implement new ways of living. Simplicity is key. Staying at home forces us to embrace a simpler lifestyle at a slower pace. We will all be the better for it.

Some statistics

A final note. The statistics aforementioned also indicate we might not do well if we let go of our isolation too soon. The graph is taken from historical annals dealing with the Spanish Flu and supplied by the National Geographic. My hope is the larger population continues to help one another sharing their light while those in charge may abandon the general good for personal aggrandisement.

Even in isolation, with the help of the internet, sales are possible. A special thank you to the discerning customer who purchased “Stuck/immobile” earlier this week. Another learning curve challenges me: shipping internationally. Hang in there with me. All will be well.


One: Signs

Signs of spring, hope, new directions

Signs of spring are peeking out from under the heavy mantle of snow bordering the path to my creative haven. Mostly they show up in the warmer sunshine and the dripping icicles. Soon, we will be able to see the bags of leaves around the firepit once more. There is hope.

Signs are clear

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Frozen drips. Ice forming.

Even in the darkness of the hour in which so many have chosen to panic, hope resides. We can learn from this trial as we can learn from any challenge. Indeed, a revision of our priorities as the most powerful population on Earth, is long overdue. Signs are clear: humanity is not in control. At best we can choose to be better stewards of the planet’s treasures.

A common enemy unites

signs of the times, bags of leaves, hope,
Sacks of leaves peeking out.

Another shard of light in the gloom is our shared awareness of commonality. As is often the case, a common enemy shows signs of uniting us. We are all vulnerable. Some more than others. A common caring inspires hope from Italian balconies and the internet has become an ally. While some try to exploit the uncertainty, most focus on caring for each other.

Signs of new life

signs, firewood, melting, hope
Firewood ready for spring.

Long ago I received a mandate to live one day at a time and be good to myself. Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and we plan to go for a ride. A beautiful park awaits us. A walk is in the offing. Hope fills the air as the excited chirping of birds heralds the mating season and signs of new life. All is well and all will be well.

Contact using hand signs

signs, melting, spring, hope
Drips frozen in a tower.

In the meantime, I will keep my distance. My outings to the grocery store may reduce to once every two weeks. Contact for friends and family will remain in the virtual realm or by using hand signs. Consequently, it may become more frequent. Hope remains. This too shall pass.

New beginnings

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Deciding what to do.

While all exhibitions in the near future have been cancelled or postponed, I will focus on reorganizing my studio. Experimenting with new ideas, exploring different possibilities, all is possible for now. The now is ripe with hope and signs of new beginnings.

Sharing signs of hope

In the hope of the now, do take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay home. Pray for those on the front lines. Find ways to brighten another’s day. Inspire hope in the hopeless with a smile and a calm assurance that all will be well. In fact, the signs indicated we may choose to make it better!