In these strange days, I’ve been heartened by the examples of kindness and community spirit I’ve seen.
Whether it’s been neighbours discussing home schooling, postcards offering help through my parents’ letterbox, or images of Italians on balconies singing, each time I witness this kindness in action it helps me to focus on hope rather than fear.
I’ve seen how inventive people are – Rhymetime sessions for babies and children that my friend Esther Steward held in Bristol can now be live-streamed so that families can still enjoy them – anywhere.
I’ve listened to Oliver Jeffers reading aloud from his picture books (he’s doing this each weekday until it’s safe to go out again). My children claim to be too old for this now but I’m not!
Singer/songwriter Emma Wallace is singing a cheery song or soothing lullaby everyday on Instagram (and taking requests!) – she has the most beautiful voice.
I’ve been trying to think what I can offer, apart from in my local community, and I thought some cheering images to download for free might be welcome.
So if you can’t hug someone for the time being and would like to send them a Fox Hug card, you can download one here! It’s an A4 sheet with an A5 image on so that you can fold it in half.
I’m in the midst of Open Studios this weekend, and it’s been lovely to meet so many people.
It also motivated me to make more dioramas…
…and a few papery things like this Secret Garden…
…and these Hanging Gardens.
The only thing is that after all this Creative Activity and meeting of lovely people…
…I feel really tempted to have a snooze on my sofa whenever there’s a quiet moment. So far I’ve resisted (unlike a fellow artist who napped in her garden undetected last week, an approach which is much to be admired. No wonder her artwork is so fabulous).