my name is Maggy and I’ve been volunteering at Living Paintings for three years, working a few hours each week in the Production Department.
Since a small child, I’ve always drawn or painted and so I thoroughly enjoy painting the thermoforms for all the different publications. We are usually given a set of five blank images which we complete over a number of weeks using the previously chosen paints as shown on the Colour Selection Master. Depending upon which colour we are using, we have to re-paint each part, two, three, perhaps four times in order to achieve a good depth of colour. Going around the edges can be tricky especially as some paints are more runny than others.
Occasionally, you can hear a cry of despair from a painter when a small trickle of paint runs into a crevice, ’Oh no! I’ve got a dribble!’ Recently, most of us had been working on Mad about Minibeasts so we were painting lots of insects and bugs. They are very colourful and I think everyone really likes the variety of bright colours. Volunteering at Living Paintings has given me the opportunity to continue doing something I’ve always loved but putting it to good use is very satisfying. I’m just one person in a large team of people from diverse backgrounds but we all help to enable others to access the joy of books, something the majority of us take for granted.
If you would like to volunteer for Living Paintings then please give us a call and ask for Sasha on 01635 299771.