It might seem frivolous to write a blog post about making art right now, in a world full of uncertainty and fear. I’ve wanted to say just the right things that might be uplifting or helpful, instead of just making happy talk. But its not frivolous at all. All that we are facing is difficult. There is no doubt about that. But it is also true that with all that is going on in the world, this is also the opportunity to find the most beautiful kindness and a sense of collective camaraderie. We are one tribe once more. One heart. One team brought together to support each other through this process. Our collective efforts making a difference towards one common goal. There is something quite beautiful about that and I hope that we remember this feeling when this has all passed.
We need beauty now more than ever. We need the meditative healing that creativity can provide. Drawing, painting, singing, dancing, baking bread, planting new life – are all things that can save us from the despair and the sadness around us. We need to practice some of these everyday. What has brought me great joy are the flowers in early spring, and then sketching and painting them when the weather warmed.
So, find your flowers, admire them while you can. It is still a beautiful world out there.