Covid Creativity – 3Apr2020

By Brenda Kennedy

I made a portrait of Donald, one of our donkeys the first week of containment as it seemed like much-needed comic relief to lift my spirits. Normally Donald is quite reserved and dignified but a friend took the photo and I guess he was just mugging for the camera.

The second portrait painted the following week is the father of a friend. I never met him and don’t even know his name but I just liked his face. People are always showing me their photos and they’re of such a good quality that I can’t resist asking to use them for paintings. As a result I have a collection of random faces waiting to be turned into portraits. Many of them are selfies and I like the spontaneity of those.  Both works are oil on wood.

This has been my practice for the last few years and it’s quite enjoyable as I never know who I might be painting. 

Collectif members, send an image of your very recent work to  with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling & how creativity helps. We’d like an informative, inspiring show & tell. For writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.


  1. Brenda, your Donald is such a fun painting, and the portrait makes me want to know more of the subject – well done.


  2. Nice work Brenda, really love how you captured Donald’s curious funny smile.
    I can see how it can lift your spirit.
    And the father of your friend portrait is amazing.
    Sue Burke


  3. Love the portraits! Especially the one of Donald! He looks just charming. Good to know you are putting these weird times to good use.


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