Friday 24 April 2020

April 2020

What a tremendous response and how busy we have been! 
All those sheds tidied, bread baked, dresses made and masks sewn, whilst not neglecting gardens. But not all of us are feeling cheerful, but that is not unexpected. Artists include Sue Lees, Diane Umemoto, Gill Steiner, Avril Dennis, Jenny Ainsley, Janet Payne, Vanessa Whinney, Cathy Burkinshaw and Peachy Chee.

The next innings will be a "Celebration of Spring" on Tuesday 12 May. Email pictures to me,


Tuesday 14 April 2020

Late April, Art in the Time of Coronavirus

There has been a tremendous response to the first two Art in the Time of Coronavirus "innings'. We have done images of what we can see from our social distancing/self isolation and followed this with self portraits. We are now trying to make these "innings" once a fortnight rather than once a month. So the next one is on Tuesday 21 April, images to for posting on the blog.

We have all got big plans for all the things we are going to do in self isolation/social distancing, such as making jam, tidying the food cupboard, rearranging the shed, sorting out junk, baking bread, learning Mandarin and so on. Some of this will have been achieved, some remains aspirational, so pictures pleased of achievements or alternatively tasks still to be done.

Get that sketching kit out.

Saturday 11 April 2020

Self Portraits: Art in the time of Coronovirus, early April 2020

We have had an encouraging response to our self portrait suggestion. Many people have sent in their self-portraits, some have also done a family member or two. People have interpreted the self-portrait challenge liberally, and some reflect the countrywide gloom rather than the sitter! One person has seen herself as reaching out to the natural world in her garden. Someone else took an image from her childhood. One or two have remembered happier times at the hairdresser or out and about - and one person has the c-virus mask on. One person attached a proper portrait frame. Many media have been used, including shadow (of a former self) photography, embroidery, and (we think) playdo and fabric. The collection concludes with a cheering chinese brush painting of a camellia.   

In the interests of internet privacy, we have not named either the portrait or the artist. Some of you will be able to identify who's who.

Our thanks to all those who sent in their portraits, it is a great collection, we hope that you enjoyed the challenge, and always remember that stepping outside your comfort zone helps your development as an artist. Keep doing art, we will be putting up the next project shortly. Meanwhile, keep safe at home.

Sunday 5 April 2020

Art in the time of Coronavirus: Reminder about Self Portraits: Monday 6 April

We are looking forward to seeing your self-portraits produced during this period of Coronavirus self-isolation, receivable sometime this coming week. Any approach welcome! Please send to

In the meantime, we have received a few more images from IAS members and connections, which are below for your interest.

Details of the artworks are as follows, starting at the top: Roger Alsop: Emek Refaim, Jerusalem; Alison Sandifer: Flowers; Imrana Khanum: An Autumn Walk in Suffolk: Caroline Franklin: View from self-isolation in North Gower;