Well, talking of lockdown and all that, I’ve been working in a prison for the last few weeks, giving a painting workshop, but obviously that has all been put on hold now, because of the Corona virus.
There was a fair bit of anxiety in there, most of my students being a good bit older than me, and the thought of being confined in a building with over 300 others added to their stress.
For myself, of course we sanitised our hands at every landing but, other than that, it really was no different to any other painting workshop. In general, the prisoners are in good spirits as the classes break the monotony of their day and, when the prisoners are occupied, the guards are more relaxed and so it makes life a bit easier for everyone.
The painting above is by one of my students. Our workshop was about colour and the effects of colour and he told me how he was in a long dark tunnel at first but that now, he could see a light at the end of it. I like that. As the prophet once said: “This too will pass”.