Staying sane in a cricis…..

some art ideas for lockdown

Sketchbook study | Sarah De Mattos | Artspring gallery

How are you coping with the lockdown?

I for one am finding myself up and down, sometimes on top of things and sometimes unable to settle. Creating art requires a certain mind set, and the current situation makes it hard to focus.

Things can get a bit heavy…..

American Gothic | Grant Wood | 1930

So what to do?

Why not explore some art? Allow yourself to play and explore.

A lot can come from trying new things and visiting new places. Often, what starts as a bit of play triggers a bigger idea.

There may never be so much free art available to us as there is right now.

There is so much art to see for free during the covid 19 cricis

So today I will select a few free on-line opportunities that have been helpful to me and others, and hopefully they will inspire you to get creative or to spend some time relaxing with art.

David Hockney

Starting with some ideas for gallery visits, I recommend the David Hockney film ‘EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’ that has been made available for free by the Royal Academy.

Previously shown in cinemas, in this film Hockney discusses two previous exhibitions; his sumptuous ‘A Bigger Picture‘ which included his first ipad paintings, and ‘82 portraits and one still life‘.

He talks about the benefits of speed and versatility of painting on an ipad… something most of us have at home. Why not give it a try, or just enjoy Hockney’s many creations.

Van Gogh Museum

Another great walk through virtual opportunity comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Flowering Plum Orchard (after Hiroshige ) | Vincent Van Gogh | 1887

A series of seven short, beautifully filmed videos have been released recently to allow you to explore the gallery in total peace and quiet, with a calming musical soundtrack.

Here is the first one.

Isolation Art School

If you are feeling the need to express yourself I recommend Isolation artschool on Instagram.

You might like to learn to draw with Quentin Blake; he makes it look so easy, and is incredibly encouraging.

Many talented artists have shared ideas and tips on Isolation Artschool.

All for free.

Getty Artworks

Or if drawing is not your thing, how about creating a famous painting with household objects. There is a lot to enjoy on the Getty Artworks website even if you don’t feel like having a go yourself.

Here is just one example; there are many more….

Lot and His Daughters, about 1622, Orazio Gentileschi. Oil on canvas, 59 3/4 × 74 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 98.PA.10. Recreation on Twitter by Qie Zhang, Erik Carlsson, and their daughters with sheet and yellow dress


The Royal Academy have a daily doodle challenge on Twitter. #RAdailydoodle

The lovely thing about this is that people are sharing their drawings, and many are very simple. All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper….

This image was drawn on the back of Edward Hopperís third grade report card dated October 23, 1891, when Hopper was nine years old. Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Little Boy Looking at the Sea, n.d., ink on paper, 4.5 x 3.5 in. The Arthayer R. Sanborn Hopper Collection Trust (PRNewsfoto/The Edward Hopper House)

Maybe you have a good recommendation for how to keep us all amused, educated or sane during the lockdown?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Meanwhile we are all still working behind the scenes to keep our Artspring Gallery shop well and truly OPEN for business.

Comments (2)

ruxton hilary

I have thoroughly enjoyed re-visitng your website – really engaging with both local artists and the intenational perspective – very professional and inspiring -thank you!

Hilary Ruxton
Local resident

1 year ago

    Thank you so much for your comments Hilary. We are glad you find the website engaging. That means a lot to all of us!

    1 year ago

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