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COVID-19 Update 24th February 2021:  Artistic ReTreats are planning to reopen for face-to-face workshops on 17th May, in line with Government guidelines. This will be for max 2 people from a single household in a Covid-secure setting. We continue to ship online orders & are available via phone or email for product advice. Stay creative!  

Tiger Sculpture

Inspiration comes in many forms

As we enter our second month of this hardest of lockdowns, I must say I find it difficult to stay creative and purposeful but there has been a glimmer of hope this month – the Great Big Art Exhibition.

 

Earlier in February a load of famous artists came together to encourage us all to make an art gallery at our homes with creations we’ve made on a specified theme. It has captured my imagination, along with thousands of others across the country. The first theme announced by Sir Anthony Gormley was ‘Animals’.

So, if you had passed by my house in the first half of February, you would have seen a collection of my favourite animals that I’ve sculpted over the past months and years, including a tiger, hare, bison and highland cow. I also posted pictures of my animals on the Great Big Art Exhibition Facebook page and on my own social media pages.

On Monday, the new theme was announced - artist Sonia Boyce has chosen 'Portraits'. The Great Big Art Exhibition is encouraging everyone, whether artistic or not, to get involved in making or drawing something that inspires them by just using what is available around them and I love it!  So why not have a go & post your portraits using #thegreatbigartexhibition2021 or get more information at www.firstsite.uk

It just goes to show that inspiration can come from any direction and often arrives when you’re at your lowest ebb!

Being pulled in different directions with home schooling and family commitments, it can be hard to refocus on what you love to do and feel guilty spending time on yourself and what makes YOU happy.

I love to visit galleries and take inspiration from other artists, so I’ve enjoyed looking at all the different creativity on the Great Big Art Exhibition. It can germinate new thoughts and develop ideas that are spinning around in my head.

Sometimes other priorities take over and we end up cramming our time for art into snatched slots between other demands. As we come out of lockdown again, I’ll be trying to make time in my diary to explore some creative thoughts and enjoy my time in the studio.

If your inspiration needs a boost, you need to upgrade your materials or want to try something completely new with Powertex, take a look at Artistic ReTreats supplies and tips for a range of super makes at www.artisticretreats.co.uk