The 8000-lb gorilla in the room. COVID-19. It has affected our lives in a major way. Most cities are in a stay-home holding pattern. “Essentials only.” And when you’re an artist, you’re a luxury. Definitely not toward the bottom of the Hierarchy of Needs. At least for other people.

I’m still making art, because for ME, it is essential. Being unable to work with models has been tough, so I’ve been taking images from shoots I did years ago and creating whimsical, cartoonish characters from them. It has been fun.

And I’ve decided to take a GIANT social media break. Everyone has an opinion, and you know what they say about opinions…

Honestly, it’s exhausting.

My mental health is a priority for me. A lot of my art deals with mental health issues, and I continue to advocate for people to get help when they need it. Somehow I think a lot of us will need major help during and after this journey of the shut downs, loss, and cabin fever.

I had some sort of cold or something. No confirmed diagnoses. My doctor just had me self-isolate even further for a few days until I had NO fever. It came and went very quickly, fortunately. And no one else in the family has had any issue. Thank the Lord.

I’m a healthy person, and my family and I have been following the protocols of hand washing and staying at least six feet away from others. We are avoiding the store and making interesting dishes from what we have here in our pantry and deep freeze. Some are pretty good, I have to say.

I hope all of you are staying healthy and happy.