Painting in the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital has proved to be an absolute pleasure. With so many interesting patients to meet, supportive staff offering no end of encouragement and having learnt so much more about vision and the history of scientific research in Manchester in conversations sparked off by the paintings, as far as I am concerned the project is a sure fire success before the paintings are even finished!
The breadth of conversations have covered the Manchester blitz, colour-blind electricians, the history of painting in Islamic cultures, the practical techniques of coping with low vision, the camouflage techniques of WW2, the funding of clinical research, techniques of water-colour painting, and a hundred “You missed a bit”s! Every day tens of patients and staff have stopped to talk about the work, engage with the ideas behind it and add to my own understanding of the project. And all the while the brushes are getting shorter and the paint tubes squeezed!
Here are a few pictures of the work as it has progressed.