Diary of the Plague Year: Day 9 25 March 2020: to Work

On the radio: Cello Suite by Bach, Alisa Weilerstein R3.

Black Dyke Band playing Rusalka – Song to the Moon. Fabulous.



My painting shed. Just started a new series, The Silk Road. One finished called: The Silk Road: Persian Iris. I am really enjoying myself despite everything as it the first time I have had the time and space to simply get on with work without worrying about getting a part-time job/doing a part-time job and can just concentrate.  It makes all the difference.

The weather continues cold and dreary so have ordered more firewood from good old Conor as I especially do not want to run out at this time.  The fire is very comforting.

Have started a one-day fast God help me.

Had SingalongaLudwig in the shed to the Choral Fatasie.  I felt a bit sorry for my neighbours, the cows, who probably thought it was the dying screams of some strange wild animal.  Came in to find a Beethoven sonata just about to start on R3. Synchronicity.



A Diary of the Plague Year: Day 6 22 March 2020: The Deptford Elegies

I have been going through some of my old work and this is fittingly elegiac.

A painting in ten canvases after a short collaboration with a poet in Deptford and reading The Duino Elegies of Rilke. It was an almost impossible task. The poems are so dense and full of imagery which is not really what I do in my paintings. I did notice, however, that the only colour mentioned is brown. This gives an immense feeling of density to the poems, they feel massive. It is curious how just the the words for colours create a feeling of lightness and transparency.


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A Diary of the Plague Year: Day 5 21 March 2020:

Yes, indeed it is raining again. Just had breakfast of porridge and honey before going in to Clon to collect my work from the framer before they shut indefinitely.  A lot of businesses are going to go to the wall during this crisis. It is a terrible thing. I hope Kate comes through.  She is lovely and her frames are wonderful. She also supports a lot of artists through the gallery and frame shop.

The Loft Gallery, Clonakilty:


Just put these works on Facebook.  I am usually not keen on FB but an artist called Matthew Burrows has started a great initiative called the ARTISTS’ SUPPORT PLEDGE. It is way for artists to support each other which we always like to do.

@matthewburrowsstudio Yesterday I instigated the
#artistsupportpledge within hours I had multiple pledges and hope to be able to report the first completion today. It’s a simple concept, you post images of your work you are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping.) Every time you reach £1000 of sales you pledge to buy another of the artists work for £200.
This creates a small but dynamic market were all can contribute whatever their level of success. This is a culture dependent on the honesty and generosity of our artistic communities at every level. So make a pledge, post your work with the #artistsupportpledge Please repost this and make a pledge. I look forward to seeing your work. @matthewburrowsstudio #supportartists #art #culture #kunst #generosity #artists #artworld #artcommunities #artistcommunities.

I have listed the following works:

A series called China Club 8.5 x 8.5 inches, acrylic on linen:

China Club

Something Comes and Something Goes 8.5 x 11 inches, acrylic on linen:

Something Comes and Something Goes

Summer Palace 11 inches x 15 inches, acrylic on linen:

Summer Palace


Some words: A tear in the fabric.