With all of this solitary confinement, which is no stranger to most artists, there has been a lot more thinking, more contemplation, and more soul searching, plus a lot more painting.
One of the real positives for me is the added time to assess my own work.
Usually, at plein air events, your back is up against the wall. Time is of the essence. There is very little time for reflection of any sort.
With Covid I have found that the extra time was very liberating.
Adding a few strokes here and there one day then a few more a week or so later has really benefitted the end result. Stepping back is always good but this was even more so.
I often ask my students what is the narrative? Why are we painting this and what are we saying with our art?
Covid has definitely made that front and center.