I’ve had a lot of preparation to do and haven’t been able to make paintings. All done now and after Christmas I will start again. They have placed us in tier four. Tier four isn’t a tier of any kind, it’s a lockdown, all shows stopped dead again. The public square is closed. I can’t see what the government and everyone else is up to for myself, with my own eyes. I am now dependent on the media and different commentators. This is new for me.
What to say? More of it. My shows are closing last minute, next year’s shows in the balance, some galleries teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, friends working in tv are doing ok, artist friends are expecting their long awaited shows to be cancelled for next year, journalist friends are just about hanging on. I went to a restaurant I frequent with an artist friend the day we found out we were about to be locked down again last week, the waitresses were in tears. I was in tears. If I hear the words “Boris is a libertarian” just one more time, I may cry.