In and Out of Lockdown

In and out of lockdown, then back in again after only four days. It’s a challenge to stay positive when there’s a pandemic prowling the neighbourhood. We’re really blessed to live on a farm so we can walk around, we have personal space, and for the fact that we’re both introverts. But I miss everyone. I miss my family and friends, and even the weirdoes I barely know.

Meanwhile, there’s an art exhibition planned for the local hall at Numulgi this coming weekend, and the organisers have decided to push on and hope that we’re out of lockdown by then. Good on them, and they invited me to exhibit too, so I painted and drew something which was inspired by a dream. The dream came about when I signed up for a Masterclass for Christian Artists this week. So, it all neatly dovetailed together. It’s about being an artist in lockdown, being mindful and appreciative of what I have. I think I will take this theme a bit further, but just in case the exhibition goes ahead on the weekend and I sell this work, I thought I would celebrate it right now.

The Maker. Inks, coloured pencil, graphite and acrylic paint on an offcut of gessoed plywood.

All the art supply places were closed, and I think that even the hardware stores are closed, so I used what I had. Now, hopefully I can find some stuff to hang it with or it might have to be exhibited on a chair!

Creative Ways To Be Creative

During the custard apple harvest season, not a lot of painting gets done. This could be a frustrating situation but it also brings opportunities to be creative with what I do have, which is custard apples! I recently made a Custard Apple Nicecream each day for ten days and uploaded each one to Instagram. And because custard apples are bff’s with all the other fruits, there are so many possibilities.

We’re still in the thick of the pandemic, and in lockdown, so a ten day challenge seemed like a good idea. You know – you have to try to make the most of everything you have, don’t you!

Custard Apple Mixed Berry Nicecream with fresh fruit.

It’s great to think that dessert can be so good for you!

Custard Apple, Nectarine and Plum Nicecream.

I really, really love plums, with a capital L,O,V & E, so it was a happy day when I saw some for sale. I had to buy some to put in this Custard Apple Nicecream.

Custard Apple Nicecream with Choc Chips and Ginger.

Oh, this one! Mmmm …. my favourite! The choc chips and slices of candied ginger gave this one texture and bursts of rich flavours.

Custard Apple and Strawberry Nicecream With Pitaya Unicorn

A unicorn made from a dragonfruit, or pitaya was the inspiration here, and I think it’s an idea to revisit for later. It was a fun and light-hearted approach because I made it on one of those days when lockdown was hard going.

Custard Apple Nicecream with Spirulina

This one was made from custard apple, coconut milk, coconut cream and spirulina to make it blue. It was a day where I longing to go to the beach, but you know – lockdown, so I brought the beach to me!

Custard Apple Nicecream with Avocado & Orange

I wanted to see what it would be like to use avocado with custard apple. On their own, they seemed a bit quiet, but with the addition of their citrus friend, they really came to life. It was like sunshiney happiness in a bowl.

Custard Apple, Banana and Mango Nicecream

It was such an intensely sunny day that I wanted to make the most of it, with lots of colour and flavour, but I possibly went a bit overboard.

Custard Apple, Raspberry and Strawberry Nicecream

This was a tasty one!

Custard Apple and Strawberry Nicecream

This was one of my favourites. Strawberries and custard apples go so well together.

Custard Apple and Choc-orange Nicecream

When I picked the oranges off the tree, I found a four leafed clover. And that, my lovely readers, makes this one the lucky last in this post!