I wrote this for a contest on Allpoetry.com – but over time I reckon it reminds me of some really good artworks at IWM North (Where I Volunteer), The Lowry in Salford, Salford Art Gallery and its Sister Gallery in Manchester.
In the dark recesses
of the vault
Timeless beauty skilfully captured
by the artist
Youth frozen on canvas
Preserved for History
Beauty forgotten in time
Stored for Eternity
Although I never studied it at school, I’ve always had an interest in art. Whether it be using pencil, pen, pastel, crayon or ink, there’s something that raises a smile when I’ve produced something worthy of hanging on the wall.
It’s also therapeutic, in that it aids my attention and concentration. Which is good for me as occasionally my mind wonders like an untrained puppy….
The Artworks here were created from kits – a Preprint is printed on the top of a blackened metallic / coloured border. As the image is scraped away the picture in the metallic is revealed.
The Kits come in five kinds – Copper, Silver, Gold, Holographic and Rainbow. My favourite subject ? the Animals are my favourite subject
If I had a free day tomorrow and the weather was fine, I’d pack my camera, wallet and a picnic lunch and take myself on a Train Ride.
My National Travel Card gives me access to the Buses either free or at concessionary rate across the UK and my Railcard can take me from John O Groats to Lands End, if that’s where I want to go.
If I go via the Manchester Metrolink System – I could be visiting Bury’s various museums within the hour, The Lancashire Fusiliers Museum is a mere stones throw from the station, or I could get on the Oldham & Rochdale line and visit Rochdale’s Pioneer Museum – Dedicated to the work of the Co-Operative Movement in the town.
Head on the train, if the weather was fine – and I could be promenading down the seafront at either Prestatyn to the west or Blackpool , Southport or Morecambe to the north. However, as it’s still winter in Northwest England i’ll apply some Blue Sky Thinking and go in a few weeks when (hopefully) the weather has improved.
Thing is – where am I on Thursday Afternoon ?
I’ll be here – on the banks of the Manchester ship canal – at Imperial War Museum North – doing a volunteer shift 🙂