When the novel coronavirus pandemic began, London-based artist Viktorija felt that familiar itch to start a new creative project.
While her specialty is hand-painting pots and clay decorations, she wanted to try something different by documenting her time in lockdown in a visual diary. She soon found the perfect canvas: her wall!
On March 25, she began doodling her daily experiences in acrylic paint while Yoda, her cat, supervised.
She had no idea how long quarantine would last, but the wall gave her plenty of space to work with in the coming months.
Viktorija added different sketches for 113 days, translating her feelings, accomplishments, and activities into detailed drawings that meshed together to form one stunning collage.
Even though she was spending so much time at home, her drawings show she had plenty to keep her busy!
“My highlights?” she wrote. “Inventing new recipes for lockdown lunches (see Halloumi fries – day 15), making face shields for local care homes with my colleagues at the school where I work (days 34-39), and towards the end, discovering that I might (but don’t say it too loudly) actually quite enjoy jogging, after all.”
Of course, she made sure to reserve a corner for her feline buddy!
By day 113, the gifted artist had covered her entire wall! It now holds over three months of memories, major events, and snapshots into her life.
She isn’t sure how long it will last, as future residents may decide to paint over it. But to Viktorija, the beauty comes from the process — and the experiences that filled it.
“Until then, it will remind me of how important it is to cherish the small but important things in life — from chatting with friends, to browsing in a shop, or stopping for a drink after work — and that life’s simple freedoms and pleasures should never be taken for granted,” she added.
What an incredible masterpiece! Years from now, Viktorija will be able to look back, remember how she got through this difficult time, and be grateful for all the little things that made her smile.
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