Today I've renamed the blog - "Lockdown Blog" as I realise that I am feeling locked down. I know it's not good to dwell on such feelings and love to say things like "count your blessings", "aren't we lucky to live by the sea", "isn't it great that we managed to get a new dog before the third lockdown" and I do think all of these things but 'free birds' don't like feeling as if they don't have a choice.
The painting today is "Two boots", chosen for two reasons, firstly you'll notice that she's wearing odd boots - apt for how I feel. The second reason, for which I'm very grateful is it's part of a three man exhibition at the Wykeham Gallery which starts this week. I'm delighted to have been asked to participate in this show and although it's mainly online, apart from if you are able to see the window of the Gallery in Stockbridge, it's keeping things going and giving a purpose. This is wonderful, Gerald who owns and runs the Gallery is so good at this. He contacted me six years ago to ask me to exhibit at his Gallery. I was delighted, especially as he'd seen my work at the Hackwood Art Festival a few years before and made a note of it for the future. This reminded me that you never know what might come from things, even when there seems to be little going on at the time. This is never the case - so I ought to listen to this story and although I feel hemmed in, inevitably there will subtle things going on in the background and in the mean time I need to count my blessings.
Wishing you all a happy day.