Swanton Morley Art

Our summer programme is well underway and at last we have seen some sunshine. Fortunately the joy of our art sessions has added some brightness to the many rain filled days of this year.

We enjoyed exhibiting at the Lyng Art Exhibition and Fair in February. It is always lovely to meet the visitors who enjoy our art and a total of 13 paintings and 11 cards were sold.

Our programme of themes to paint has been varied and a session on ‘Through the Microscope’ led us to paint a variety of subjects such as bacteria, plants, eyes of birds, raindrops etc. The aim was to focus on one area close up. It made us appreciate looking at them in a different way and how to interpret the tiny details artistically.

Another theme ‘Tools of the Trade’ encouraged us to reflect on our past and present job roles and paint tools associated with the areas of work.

Collectively we have been asked to paint a poster for Swanton Morley Village Hall to celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. We appreciate the opportunity to be involved in remembering such a historic event.

Continuing our theme of members sharing their ‘journeys into art’, Anne Atkinson shares her thoughts as follows.

“The inner artist:

As a child I loved drawing, particularly horses. I was potty about them. My Mum even pointed out that it ‘runs in the family’ as one of her brothers was very artistic (and I now have his watercolour paint box). My first experience with a more formal approach was at secondary school. I wasn’t the most academic of students but Art lessons were my favourite. Our teacher was fairly unimaginative but I found this was an area where I could shine. I took art at O level, and A level but didn’t feel ‘good enough’ to apply to Art college (something I have since regretted). 

I went to a teachers training college in Surrey. On my arrival I was asked, ‘Do you want to paint or do you want to pot?” I chose painting and was tutored by a larger than life Welsh artist called Gomer Lewis. He taught us how to use acrylic paints creatively and I found my ‘style’ as I discovered the Cubists and the Futurists. I was encouraged to ‘paint BIG’…I still have some of those large paintings rolled up in the attic -not the sort of size you can put up on the average living room wall, sadly. 

After college, changes in my life meant that there were long years without much creativity. But somewhere along the way I was able to do little ‘commissions’ for friends – wall paintings, boards and scenery for a dance school, and a couple of murals for children’s bedrooms. All great fun and ‘keeping my hand in’.

While my children were little, I had no time for many creative endeavours. However, as they grew up I started dipping in and out of arty pastimes and even managed to grab the box room for myself. I enrolled in a weekly course in children’s book illustration which I loved, and from which grew a small collection of beautifully illustrated books.

Being able to retire was the final ‘gift’ which enabled me to return to my creative roots. However, it was a toughie – I felt that I had lost most of what I had learnt and even drawing was a struggle. But I never lost the love of ‘playing’ with ideas, colour and materials. And, of course, alongside that has been the joy of making friends with other creative people too!” – Anne Atkinson

Jacquie 01362 697783
Mike 01362 652935    mike@mdeward.co.uk
Swanton Morley Art