Covid Creativity: 29Oct2020

by Kerry Herwynen McIntosh

We had not been painting. Or drawing. Or, pretty much anything but the ordinary, everyday drudgery of daily life during lockdown.  

Laundry, cleaning and home repair filled the creative void.

But, it was bothering both of us. Frustrating. 

So, we decided to give ourselves a kick in the behind.  We opened a thesaurus and chose the first word we found. Immense.   

We gave ourselves a month to do, well, anything!

Just do it. 

Weirdly we both chose emotions! Tina painted Immense Joy. (And of course it’s a lovely, completely finished painting. )

Immense Joy, Tina Whitman, acrylic on canvas, fine felt pen, 8 x 8 in.

Mine is mixed media (I bedazzled just for you, Susan Irving!): Immense Sorrow.

Immense Sorrow; Kerry Herwynen McIntosh; mixed media, watercolour, ink, crayon paper & spit; 9 x 9 in.

We wrote words and ideas on papers and put them in a jar.  Whatever we pull out, regardless of whether we like the topic or not, we create something. Anything goes. No competition. Any medium unless dictated by the challenge (but it has to be a medium easily accessible to all).

We are continuing with the challenge, one per month. This month’s challenge — A favourite piece of music. Here goes . . . 

[Ed: how would you interpret this challenge? Submit your images interpreting A favourite piece of music to and we’ll run a selection as follow up.]

Collectif members, send an image (or a few) of 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. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.


  1. What a wonderful idea! And both works certainly express the subject matter. The “diamond” tears are a good choice.”The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

    I shall work on a favourite piece of music!


  2. Fantastic, I especially like the immense joy. Just looking at it I feel the immense joy through her eye and big smile. And I really wanted a candy , it made me smile. Thank you for sharing your work. Carmelle


  3. What a great idea!
    It’s so neat how you each took one word and interpreted it so differently.
    Both pieces are well done but I have to admit to leaning more to Tina’s work – the candies did it 🙂


  4. You cool girls are fantastic. Love these, and the idea of the challenge. You may have started something. Interesting how you both interpreted it with emotion, and both so well done. Feel the pain, and the joy.


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