Keeping busy in lockdown
During lockdown, Metlifecare residents kept busy thanks to a range of fun activities including quilting, costume making, card making, Lego and various arts and crafts. Here’s what’s been keeping Palmerston North Village resident Lucy Marsden busy.
Lucy is a painter, and stones are her canvas. Her interest began with Social Coordinator Raewyn Clayden’s art classes a few years ago, and Lucy has decorated stones ever since.
Painted using acrylic paints, sometimes metallic, and Lucy’s designs are abstract. The stones are gifted to friends for birthdays and Christmas, but also make good paperweights, as décor on windowsills, or keeping in your pocket to hold when feeling stressed.
Last lockdown I read a lot of books, so this winter I decided to revive my creativity. Fortunately, just before lockdown I had collected a good number of stones on my daily walks, and so was able to get them washed, varnished and decorated. Lockdown has the advantage of plenty of uninterrupted free time!” says Lucy.
Raewyn says the stone painting hasn’t just helped Lucy, but also uplifted the recipients of her gifts and the residents walking by that see her collection growing in the corridor windowsill.
I enjoy the challenge of using colour and pattern to enhance the character of individual stones. No two are alike, but all have an inner life. I have shaky hands due to Parkinson’s Disease, which means a few wobbly lines, but that’s okay – they can usually be incorporated into the design,” says Lucy.
The recently decorated stones are to be sold at the village’s charity craft sale in November.
Raewyn runs a range of different classes teaching residents various art techniques, including watercolours, collage, portrait painting, rock painting and more.