Here on the Isle of Wight we have woken every morning for two weeks to beautiful, sparkling spring sunshine: bird song, and the wind in the trees fill the silence that is the sound of the Covid-19 lock down, how can it be we are so fortunate amidst so much international distress.
Yesterday I added more prints to Linda Beale's page in the Yarmouth Gallery 'buy art' on-line shop. They are full of sunshine too. Calm. Bright. Optimistic. Like Linda herself.
OK, I know it is a bit early but I have just finished arranging a display of Lis Toft's latest batch of ceramics and now I am thinking of the beach. Not the winter beach of storms and cool grey light but the turquoise, sparkling sea of summer and I am dreaming ahead to the grandchildren rushing across the sand to the sea.
Lis Toft works in porcelain, using sumptuous bronze and turquoise glazes to create a range of pots that reflect her island home. Rock-pools, sea-horses, swaying seaweed, are all mirrored in her pots and she continues that theme in her miniatures and her jewellery. Why wait for summer?