Had a birthday last Saturday, and although Plague was looming, it didn't seem so close then, so we went to the beach with my Mum and Pp's Dad. And the hounds, of course. It was a bit chilly, but Theo had an excellent time, and I did too, almost as much. There's something very calming about the Sea. We ate chips and drank hot chocolate outside. Rather too cold for that really, but allowed for rather more Distancing than sitting in the warm inside the cafe.
I've painted a few more things. Here's a dragon in a chair, ink /watercolour, painted very quickly because I felt it would be cheerful.
And here's a painting after 2 weeks of art class spent on it. I'm calling this "The Red Secateurs". We were furiously practicing flesh tones in preparation for painting a live model in a couple of weeks. Ah well.
This is another thing I painted to practice flesh tones, though not really the human form. A Fleshy Beholder.
My Facebook page very much liked these mini paintings, which I painted to join my Heralds of Spring. I had all three booked in to an exhibition, but of course that won't be happening now! Never mind, I like them anyway, and at 15cm square, I'm quite pleased with the detail. Today we walked the dogs around the village and the blackthorn and daffodils were flowering just like this.
In other Art News, I picked up an art commission, painting a D&D party at the pub. Because I am nothing if not ambitious, I'm basing it on Caravaggio's 'The Calling of St Matthew' with a strong directional light and the characters all talking together. So far I've drafted it in pencil, sent the draft over for approval, and blocked out the figures and light. It's going well!
I don't know what will happen out in the Wide World about the coronavirus and all the consequent panic and turmoil - well, I suppose nobody does. We are living in interesting times. I hope the panic buying will recede soon. I get the distinct impression that a lot of it is social media fuelled. The more people see photos of empty shelves and posts about not being able to buy bread, the more panicked they get. But of course people want to talk about inconvenience and worries, and can't blame them for that, and nor can I blame people who can see their only source of income vanishing for maxing out their credit card while they still have one. Ack.
My asthma is playing up slightly and giving me a tightness in the chest, but I am sure that is psychosomatic / stress related (it would not be the first time!). My lifestyle is a fairly reclusive one at the best of times, so no matter how many undiagnosed people are about, would have be particularly unlucky to pick up the virus so soon. I may just have to limit my intake of news a bit. Which might help with the writing!
I hope everyone reading this is keeping well.