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For an Artist self isolation is pretty much the norm. It’s what most of us crave – solitude, peace and quiet. The conditions for concentration and inspiration.
Over the coming weeks it’s very likely that increasing numbers of people will be self isolating and spending more time at home. For many ‘home’ at mid morning and mid afternoon on a week day might be a bit like foreign territory.
Outside of their normal hectic routines some may be seeing their surroundings in a new light. It could be that given more time to be still, quiet and to ‘live in the present’ within our environments we will learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. We may change the way that we see everyday objects around us that we use on ‘autopilot’ and which we rarely give time to fully appreciate. The beautiful negative space in the teapot handle or how sunlight falls and shadows are cast across possessions that surround us in our homes.
When we put everyday objects into a painting we invite the viewer to stop, look and consider them . . . and by default within a painting . . . differently. In many ways that is the role of contemporary still life painting.
I know that some will be dreading Self Isolation but if we embrace it and use time out of this crazy world to be more mindful we might eventually re-enter it seeing things differently.
At the time of writing I have just received notice that this years Norfolk Open Studios has understandably been cancelled and the organisers will review the possibility of running the event in the autumn.
In the meantime I shall continue to offer my paintings for sale online. I know that some of you have experienced difficulties with the website and we have been working to resolve this but if you have problems please contact me at email@example.com
Footnote If you are interested in how we see things and in particular how we see art then check out the late great John Bergers’ very interesting book ‘Ways of Seeing’. Written back in the sixties it is still very relevant today. You can also visit youtube for the four part TV serialization of the book.