Isolation Chronicles  by Sue Prince

Isolation Chronicles  by Sue Prince

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 17th March 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A year in the art of lockdown: From her first days of isolation to the jab that set her free (and her father’s tragic Covid death), how one amateur illustrator charted 12 months of pandemic hell.

Folk artist Sue Prince, in her 60s, has painted a picture for every single day of lockdowns one, two and three.

Beginning on March 23, 2020, Sue, who lives on an organic beef farm, has created 180 of the pictures.

The first 84 paintings have been turned into a book, with a second featuring the other 96 to be released later.

From bad hair days to home workouts on Zoom, these little paintings depict life in lockdown.

Witty, satirical and tender and, at times, heartbreakingly poignant, they are the work of folk artist Sue Prince.

Sue, in her 60s, who lives on an organic beef farm in the Peak District with her husband Terry, has painted an image for every day of lockdowns one, two and three.

They begin on March 23 last year, the first day of lockdown. Two weeks ago, she completed No 180. It depicts her leaving a vaccination centre after receiving her first jab.

Her father Brian Norrie was in a care home as the pandemic began. Sadly, he died, aged 91, in December after catching Covid — she had at least been able to see him in his final days after a long separation.

Sue, who has two daughters and three grandchildren, says: ‘As an artist, my life is about the images around me and recording what’s going on. They got a phenomenal response on social media and were viewed thousands of times. Each painting takes about one to two hours, and it has helped me feel ok in these really weird times.’

Now Sue has turned her first 84 paintings of lockdown one, into a book called The Isolation Chronicles, and also made some Christmas cards. A second book, covering the other 96 paintings is imminent.

The first book, priced £34, is available at sueprinceartist.co.uk

TO ME

We ordered this book (and booked a holiday at Sue Prince’s Peak District Farm for when we come out of Lockdown 3.0) on Saturday and was amazed when it was delivered today. And it is far better than expectation. Not only is there a beautful picture on every other page that takes us through all sorts of noted issues during the pandemic but there is a historical fact too.

The book is such a wonderful record of how the pandemic unfolded.

I look forward to in 20 years time, when I am in my 90s (God willing) and Mamma still a mere chicken in her 80s (ditto) getting out the book and reminiscing about these times. i cannot think of a better way.

(Except looking back on the jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk Blog and also reading my biography of course.

Take a look at her website.

Examples of Sue Prince’s work.

 

TOP TEN OF THE DAY

 

The Top 10 Best-Selling Chocolate Bars in the UK

 

10 – Galaxy (Estimated Sales Numbers: 25.7 Million Sold Per Year*)

9 – Aero (Estimated Sales Numbers: 26.6 Million Sold Per Year*)

8 – Cadbury’s Caramel (Estimated Sales Numbers: 32.5 Million Sold Per Year*)

7 – Flake (Estimated Sales Numbers: 32.7 Million Sold Per Year*)

6 – Wispa (Estimated Sales Numbers: 35 Million Sold Per Year*)

5 – Crunchie (Estimated Sales Numbers: 38 Million Sold Per Year*)

4 – Dairy Milk (Estimated Sales Numbers: 47 Million Sold Per Year*)

3 – Twix (Estimated Sales Numbers: 54.3 Million Sold Per Year*)

2 – Mars Bar (Estimated Sales Numbers: 81 Million Sold Per Year*)

1 – Kit-Kat (Estimated Sales Numbers: 156 Million Sold Per Year*)

 

*All sales figures quoted are worldwide sales, not just UK

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” — Buddha

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…laughing at a bad movie.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Whenever I undress in the bathroom… My shower gets turned on!

LOVE IS…

Love is…jamming to the oldies.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to write about the 3 Lockdowns of the past 12 months…A time to paint scenes of the 3 Lockdowns of the past 12 months.

YOUR HISTORY

17th March

1968 The Bee Gees made their first appearance on TV performing “Words” and “To Love Somebody” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

1762 New York City held the world’s first St Patrick’s Day Parade.

The celebration still happens today with around 2 million spectators.

432 Saint Patrick, aged about 16 is captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland (traditional date)

LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk is a Feelgood Blog.

You come here to be cheered up. Over the last few weeks, we have avoided showing Covid-19 statistics for the UK as they have been depressing. But we seem to have turned the corner and the figures are looking far better and improving daily to give us so much hope. So, as an important part of cheering us all up we will show the daily improving figures.

 

Total Cases 4,268,821   Latest Daily New Cases 5,294
People in Hospital 7,281   Change on Day -68
Total deaths 125,690   New Deaths 24 Hr Period 110
Total 1st Vaccine Dose 24,839,906   Latest Daily Figure (1st Dose) 386,685
         

 

 

 

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