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Arting in the time of Covid-19

By spotogspindel | April 12, 2020

These are strange times! Over 40% of the world´s population is now under quarantine or restrictions related to the Corona-pandemic. Myself, I am in voluntary lock-down, staying at home, only shopping for necessities. This must be the biggest social experiment of all times, at least in peace-time, and we have no idea where we will be as a society at the end of it.

I am not great with words, so I find it difficult to find the right way to express myself here through words. But I have been painting, trying to get at least some of these feelings and thoughts translated into colors, textures, shapes…

It is strange, it´s like a collision between our own little world and the made-in-Hollywood sci-fi movie you watched on TV. It doesn´t add up. It´s too surreal.

I saw a sign that says “Kinda feeling like the earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about what we´ve done”

Despite all the tragedy, I hope to see a silver-lining in the future. Maybe we shouldn´t go “back to normal”. “Normal” was rather unhealthy for both people and planet. Now that production has been radically reduced over the past month(s), it seems to be giving the Earth itself a little breather.

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.” – Kitty O’Mera

Already in the beginning of February, as a comment to the impeachment-circus in the US,  I saw this sign somewhere: The roaring 20´s (it´s been an exhausting decade!).

Now it´s April, and the words have never been truer. Let´s hope the rest of the year truly will bring healing, both physically, mentally, across national, cultural, idealogic and financial borders.

I´ve been following my friend Brian Wallace´s  live-streaming paint-sessions every day now in the Easter-holiday, and it feels comforting to be part of a larger, creative collective.I highly recommend using some of all this time constructively, doing what you love and learning something new at the same time.

And also, it keeps me painting 🙂 My new art-journal is already filling up.

A new horizon, (experimenting with colors)

This page with Lindesnes lighthouse at dawn will be the last in this post, as a beacon of hope for a new dawn of true and prosperity for both people and planet.


Topics: arting, Diverse | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Arting in the time of Covid-19”

  1. gail Says:
    April 12th, 2020 at 19:20

    My Facebook feed suggests that people here need to stay in their rooms much longer because they are still reacting like selfish children, not showing much evidence yet that they understand the wrongs and misjudgments that got us here. I hope you stay well, and I hope we all come out of this time with more loving, peaceful hearts.