There are loads of beautiful pieces in the gallery's collection, but Aquarelle by Sue Palmer really caught my eye.
|Courtesy of the Whitworth Gallery|
What at first looks like a photograph of water is actually a beautiful swirling design printed onto glazed cotton, and the artistry of it really took my breath away. It also reminded me of a conversation I had overheard at the swimming pool recently...
Learning to Swim
It's not that I'm scared
Or under-prepared –
It's just that I don't have the gear.
I need armbands and goggles
So my eyes don't get soggy;
You swim, and I'll wait over here.
No, I'm not frightened.
It does sound inviting!
I can't think of anything better.
I'm sure it's not cold,
And I'm frequently told
It's like walking but just a bit wetter.
Before we get in
Did you see that grey fin?
I'm positive it was a shark.
I know we're indoors
But that didn't stop Jaws.
Let's ditch this and go to the park.
All right, fine, okay!
You can have it your way.
But I'll blame you if I die of shock.
I had a big lunch
And now I've got a hunch
That I'll sink to the depths like a rock.
Okay, if I agree
Not to go near the sea
Then maybe I don't have to learn?
I feel really sick
So we have to leave, quick.
I can't swim when I've got heartburn.
When I see my friends
In the pool's shallow end
I'm suddenly not quite so scared.
"Get out of here, Mum
"I'm off to have fun.
"I'll swim, and you wait over there."