I'm meandering back and forward between different jobs this morning. Feeling like I'm not doing much but if you saw my studio floor you wouldn't agree. I'm slightly grounded by getting on with articles about skies, trees and buildings. Recently I found a new way of working where I do most of the paintings for the article first and then write about the work later. I wished I'd thought of this sooner as it makes life much easier for me. But as I often say, hindsight is a marvellous thing.
Yesterday Julie and I discussed an article about Terry Waite who was in solitary confinement for 5 years - with no daylight, no books, no contact with other people and even had to have a hood put over his head when they brought him outside (and there was no mention from him of "We should think we're lucky in this situation", the kind of comment that is not inspirational to man nor beast.) He recommends taking good care of your appearance each day and explained that when he was in his cell, every night he folded his trousers and put them under his thin mattress to press them. I can relate to this so much as I notice that if I don't make an effort with my hair, clothes etc it has an adverse effect on how I feel. Yesterday I got changed for a Zoom meeting. Chris said "What are you doing?" I replied "I'm going out", imagination can be a very handy thing. Another Julie, a fellow Artist, is posting a photograph of her daily outfit on Instagram. I'm finding this intriguing as I love clothes and fashion. Today she is wearing a fabulous pair of black jeans adorned with swirling patterns of zips and most days it is some fabulous designer item that she has found in London charity shops. Thank you for this Julie. Instagram is a very inspiring platform. It can become an obsession but I recommend it if you don't use it yet. Especially in these circumstances as you never know what you may find or be inspired to do. My account is juliecollinsart and it's very easy to set up your own.
Tonight is clapping for the NHS at 8pm. This kind of thing makes me cry - even just the thought of it. In the past I've so often said that I could never be a Nurse or Doctor and this situation brings it right home to our doorsteps. So, I'll look forward hearing you all clapping tonight.