LOCKDOWN AND THE ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE
Thanks to the Artist support Pledge, we have been able to keep our heads above water through this challenging time. Not only that, much to my surprise, it has been one of the most exciting times of my life.
Big Blue Horse
Initially I found the silence of lockdown extremely moving and through the imposed stillness found myself going further into meditative practices. I've experienced what feels like a deeper grounding in my work which has enabled access to some richer seams of creativity.
Thanks to the Artist support Pledge, we have been able to keep our heads above water through this difficult time. Not only that, it has surprsingly been one of the most exhilarating times of my life, whilst of course remaining aware of the difficulties and suffering which has been the focus of this lockdown for many.
Devotional Forest Doves
The artists support pledge was devised by the artist Matthew Burrows. Check out #artistsupportpledge on Instagram. Artists put their work up for sale for anything up to the sum of £200 and when £1000 is reached the artist pledges to buy a piece of work from another artist for £200. It’s a winning formula as buyers get to purchase art for less, the artist benefits from selling their work and getting a wider audience and supporting other artists too.
It has been a wonderful experience and far exceeded my expectations. I’m so incredibly grateful to it. It has given us some financial stability in what could have been a very uncertain time.
Me with Mother III for sale in my print shop
I have been selling work almost everyday. At first I was selling pieces from my archive, and then taking pieces out of frames to sell, now I am painting fresh pieces most days. Some have sold within minutes.
It has changed the way I work. I’m learning not to attach myself to my work, to move on, flow through, as paintings are on the move daily. It has been liberating, and posting them off to new homes ultimately makes way for more creativity, after all I can’t keep them all! I love the freedom of not thinking too much, feeling into my need for expression on a daily basis, feeling moved by whatever the day brings and expressing it in paint, usually through animals and sometimes figures. I’m doing my best to keep it LIVE, fresh, spontaneous and raw. It’s working very well for me.
We are so lucky to have the Artists Open Houses in Brighton. The whole city becomes an arena of creativity for a month. I have really missed it this year. Art is so important, both in its creation process but also buying it to enjoy forever. Lockdown has been a reflective time and from that stillness a truth emerges which when expressed through art or any other form of creativity, resonates or chimes with something we recognise deep in our psyches. There’s something for everyone in the Artists Open Houses, and whether it brings us joy or moves us to tears, undoubtably creativity is something humans need in their lives. Enabling resonance can be achieved by remaining authentic and true to our own individual expression of the heart. Not always easy to achieve, but I wish for peace and happiness for us all, and the freedom to express our true selves in whatever way we love most.