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My Freshwater Free

7 – 31 Aug 2017


John Cheverton Centre

Mountbatten Hospice
Halberry Lane
PO30 2ER

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My Freshwater Free

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Freshwater bay

‘My Freshwater’ an exhibition of watercolour paintings, by Gail Middleton. Throughout August at the John Cheverton Centre, Earl Mountbatten Hospice- open daily.

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.

Gail Middleton. July 2017

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