2020…. ‘that’ year

My last post was many months ago, but it feels like a lifetime after what we’ve all been through, and how we’ve all had to try and come to terms with living through a pandemic.

Over lockdown my diary dwindled away as galleries were forced to close their doors and exhibitions and events were cancelled. Whilst galleries are now trying now to brush themselves off and coax back tentative customers, other events were unable to reschedule. I’m so sad that RHS Harlow cancelled all its events until the Autumn, so the September exhibition, which is one of my favourites, is not going ahead this year. There is a dark cloud of uncertainty and financial worry hanging over the arts and culture sector that is very troubling.

During the 4 months of lockdown, time at the easel was somewhat limited, and toddler life was the name of the game. We’ve had some lovely family times this summer, but I’m feeling very ready to get back to normal, even if it is the ‘new normal’ we’re all trying to get used to. There are Autumn exhibitions to prepare for, and over the next few weeks I’ll be trying to get the online side of things back up to speed.

The glory of the heather is almost over, but I happily paint heather moorlands all year round – they never fail to inspire!

‘Last Light at the Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley’