Art During the Pandemic

We’ve all been through a lot during 2020, the pandemic being the gigantic cherry bomb on the already completely destroyed cake. We’ve been watching – or trying to avoid – the TV that’s been flashing “Breaking News” every time we blink our eyes or change our mind. It’s scary to stay in and frightening to go out. We could get involved in a political altercation, or get robbed (due to our government completely letting us down and leaving so many without food, etc.), or get the freaking coronavirus. 2020 is the year the pandemic and politics has ruined our lives.

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Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

BUT…. some of us have found solace in creating. And that’s how I’ve been dealing with everything. While my husband screams and shouts at knucklehead posts on Facebook and Reddit, I hunker down in the art room or the terrace and paint my head off. Because that’s the only way I know how to do this. It’s really the only way I know how to do anything in this life. Paint, sculpt, write… create anything. After all, the Universe saw fit to give, so I’m not going to let anything stop me from using it. If I can create one thing that makes one person feel happy for one moment in this life, then that’s a good thing.

Hence, I’ve decided to document the pandemic using my art. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the art, or better, decide to pick up a paint brush yourself. Anyone can paint. Don’t let your pre-programmed self to think otherwise.

By Sarah Gilbert Fox

Published novelist and artist.