Exhibition – Nature’s Bounty

“Nature’s Bounty” By Margaret Rodwell
9 – 28 April 2019
About the Artist
Thirty-one years ago Margaret Rodwell took a walk in her lunch hour break from teaching Home Economics at Elmslie Girls’ School on Whitegate Drive, and passed a sign advertising Blackpool Art Society’s Summer Exhibition in Wilkinson Avenue. Interested and with 10 minutes to spare, she popped inside and bought a folio watercolour painting by local artist, Clarice Kay.  Margaret had the painting framed and during that summer holiday was so pleased with her purchase that she was inspired to think about starting to paint watercolours herself as a hobby, despite the fact that she had no idea how to start.
The Gazette supplement for Blackpool and Fylde College adult education courses appeared towards the end of August and as a result, she enrolled on the first course of many. The tutor, Norrie Charlesworth, was very enthusiastic and had a great sense of humour that made painting fun. The main piece of advice to beginners was for them to keep and date their first two paintings so that in future they could see the progress that had been made. Margaret did this and you can see them in the cabinet below. These first two paintings of Kilchurn Castle in Scotland were done in September 1988.
Thirty-one years on and many art courses and art holidays later, Margaret hopes that you can see the progress, and that if you can, maybe you will be interested to have a go yourself.
Margaret is a member of Lytham St. Annes and Blackpool Art Societies and has had several solo exhibitions here at the Heritage Centre in Lytham and was very pleased to be invited to exhibit here again this year. She has had solo exhibitions also at the Williamson GaIIery in Lancaster and at the Arts Centre in Garstang. She has received several commendations and prizes for her work over recent years.
Her passion for watercolour painting still continues but she believes that if you love painting then you can paint on any surface and use any materials, hence the pastels painted on sandpaper, or acrylics and oil pastels used together. Margaret hopes that you will gain as much pleasure from looking at this exhibition of her paintings, as she has had in doing them.

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