If there was ever a time to finish that book, to clean out your drawers, wardrobe, cook something new, learn how to sew or draw, then perhaps it is now.
Personally, no pandemic will ever get me excited about cleaning out drawers.
Being at home, working at home is not a new concept for me. However, my mindset and ability to concentrate has been altered. Coronavirus (C19) has definitely entered my thinking space. I’ve turned the radio off, I try not to look at my news feed on the phone or computer…at least I reduce this to a minimal time of the day. I am constantly thinking about friends and family who are about to lose income…..the thoughts of worry just escalate.I am not putting my head in the sand, yet trying to just remain balanced and calm is important. People think they have anxiety now…well it’s going to rain down on our society. So how do I over come this? I have a husband who employs 50 people and they all seem to be at my kitchen right now….virtually that is. Good luck with sharing office space and bandwidth at the moment people….
OK, so my thoughts have gone to Alain Button’s book The Art of Travel. Travel will forever be changed, especially international travel. And whilst we may be stuck indoors for now and restricted to where and what we can do, it doesn’t mean that we should never think about travelling again. Especially why we travel. And it certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything within our confines no matter how small they maybe. For me it is relatively easy to shift my creative compass. I am fortunate enough to have space, a garden that is large enough to explore and spend time in. Time to think about what is in front of me.
So here is my project and I’d love for you to join in if you are feeling uncertain as to how you can spend some of your lockdown time constructively. Or just keep watching crap TV.
Each day I am going to take a journal and sketch every plant in my garden. Every tree and shrub and flower. I am going on a holiday within my own space. I will only spend 5-10 minutes per day recording this information. I know most of my plants….but there are a few I don’t know the names of, so it will be a journey of learning and discovery. I don’t know how long this will last for or what will come from this, but it gives me that break I need from the creative work I have scheduled for commissions at the moment. I cannot paint successfully if my mind is elsewhere.
You may not have a garden, but perhaps you could sketch, photograph or write a poem about other items in your home. Concentrate on your kitchen, what you eat each day, how you travel each room…. Or go back and look at all the holiday destinations you had and make a journal about it.
I just don’t want to waste this time feeling consciously anxious and depressed about how fucked up this world is at the moment. I need a project. This will be a good start. Tell me if you are going to do something similar, I would love to see hear about it.
Day one and two
Bay leaf tree and Yucca plant
Please read from the Financial Times: Alain de Botton: how to travel from your sofa : Coronavirus may confine us — but we can learn to explore in very different ways