My studio is rather packed with paintings now, and I have had a great time of it. After a drought of a few years, I have been making up for lost time.
I missed the exhibition the Wimbledon Art Studios hold as I was on a work trip, but it seems the others had a good time. They did say that people were holding back in terms of purchases, which is a reminder of the hard times.
It is also an advantage of being able to paint for pleasure! I do feel for people who make their living from what is considered a luxury. When times are tough, they feel the squeeze.