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August 2017

 ‘My Freshwater’ an exhibition of watercolour paintings by Gail Middleton

My inspiration is drawn from the local scenery throughout the seasons in my home town of Freshwater on the West-Wight.
 
These pictures have been painted over the last year.
 
My husband Peter spent time here at the amazing Earl Mountbatten Hospice from September 2015, to August 2016, when he passed away.
 
Not long before Peter’s death, he questioned why I wasn’t painting anymore, and encouraged me to start again. Then, for my birthday last year, two of my sons bought me painting materials, so I picked up my paintbrush.
 
When the opportunity for exhibiting came up at the Hospice, I decided to embrace it. I have found that the discipline of creating this work, has made me focus on nature, and the changing seasons of our beautiful landscape. This in turn has helped me through the grief of losing my loved-one.
 
I would encourage anyone going through this process, to create. There is so much to be gained by just looking around at the changing seasons,  the natural cycle of birth and death became more comforting for me, in some mysterious way. Responding to this focus, by writing, or painting  or any form of creating can be a very positive part of the process of grief.
 
I hope that you enjoy my pictures. I’ve added in some of the blog-posts which I write regularly for my eldest Grand-daughter, to add a bit of narrative.

About our art gallery

Our art gallery is part of a wider 'Social Programme' to open up the buildings to the community and encourage people to come and use the facilities. There is a cafe that is open to the public, and regular events that people are welcome to attend, including concertsSunday lunches and more. 

The exhibitions are open every day between 9am and 5pm.

Each exhibition lasts a month, and it provides valuable income to Earl Mountbatten, bringing commission on each sale. Please come and support this initiative, enjoy the art and write your comments in our visitors book.

 

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."

 

Chrissie Fenton, patient