Welcome to the Winter Sensations Gallery
We were delighted to hold a winter competition in conjunction with the Trust Arts and Wellbeing Space. The competition was open to all CNWL staff, carers and service users, who could submit an artwork, poem or photo on the theme. The prizes included a Sony Cybershot camera, sketching pencil and pastel sets and a range of poetry books including Gyles Brandreth’s anthology of poetry: Dancing by the Light of the Moon. There was an award for Best Poem, Best Photo and Best Artwork and runner up prizes too. December 2020
Birds on a tree, A painting by Amanda Taylor who writes:
'I love the way watercolour can be used to such an effect that the water does a lot of the work and the white of the paper lightens the image. In this watercolour painting the birds are communicating with each other – considering flying away to a warmer climate!'
|Pink sky, by Kavita Kapoor|
|The Eve before Winter (poem)||By Kavita Kapoor|
|Internal warmth through winter, by Angela Mullins|
'Blend of Autumn and Winter', an Acrylic painting by Seena Vadassery who says:
“still the Autumn holds the hands of Winter,
as we hold the hands of our beloved ones.
but expecting the time for the separation
that is beauty but that is strange”
'Transitions' a painting by Elly Shadman, a service user, who says:
'Winter is a season of transition for all beings. This galactic butterfly done in oil pastels symbolises this transition. The cold blue colour that I have used gives a sensation of this cold season'
'Grey seal pup on a Norfolk beach' , a photograph taken by Liz Adams, who says:
'A winter walk along the Norfolk coast will often lead to seeing grey seal pups at this time of year; a great way to relax'
|Winter sensations (poem)||
. 'Winter Sensations' a poem composed by patients and staff on Ellington ward (older adult inpatient mental health ward), who says:
We made it for our ward magazine, winter edition and thought we'd send it in to the competition too.
This is a painting by Caroline Appel, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist in Camden Neurology anbd Stroke Service who wrote:
"I am recovering from coronavirus since March and started painting. This picture is about a diver coming up from a deep dive and became a metaphor for my recovery so far. It resembles my journey from darkness to light; breathlessness to breathing; restriction to movement; confusion to clarity; fatigue to energy.
I am emerging from a deep dive and have recently returned to a graded work routine whilst being supported (and protected) by my wonderful colleagues and managers who tell me not to rush. I hope you like it! "
A photograph by Gemma Bow, who writes:
'Winter Robin' a painting by Susan Hale
“This was painted during an online painting workshop which I started participating in during first lockdown and have continued almost weekly since. It is 2-3 hours of painting with friends virtually and a chance to forget about the world for a little bit.”
'Peanuts' an artwork by Jacqueline Smith:
"I am a service user of Art Psychotherapy... Creating my drawings brings me many hours of serenity and peace"
|'View from the window' by Louisa Chang|
'Pathways', digitally edited photograph by Jason Fardoe, a service user
"The tree reminds me of our own neural pathways, and especially its plasticity".
'Serendipity', a photograph by Deborah Onabajo
"This photo was taken December of last year in Reykjavik, Iceland. I have been reminiscent of this trip during these times when we cannot travel, plus this has become one of my favourite destinations to date. I always come back to this particular photo as it feels particularly peaceful, hence the name"
|'Merry Chanukah' by Tina Cohen, Psychology service user in Harrow Older Adults CMHT|
|'Trellick in Fog', by Willelmina Joseph-Loewenthal, Peer Recovery Trainer|
A world without shops
And touches and faces
A world without human graces
Just press the button and slide the screen
Everything you could ever want before your eyes
Can be seen
What happened to the world we love?
I pray the vaccination will bring it back
I can’t see it ever being the same
Most people will stay this new way
|Poem 'Corona' by Tina Cohen|
Festive time in a Pandemic!
Nights get longer and days get shorter
Imprisoned amongst bricks and mortar
Casual look on what happening outside
Makes me feel like I’m going out of my mind
I look through the window to see what I can see
City folks and tradesman being busy bees
Autumn leaves disembark leaving a blanket of them on the floor
Early Christmas shoppers and bargain hunters advance to the stores
Christmas spirit is no longer here
Now we are restricted to even go for a beer
Will this world ever be the same?
Many internal battles to overcome
As night falls and darkness envelopes us like a closing curtain at the final bow
Christmas lights glisten in people’s windows and many houses putting on a show
Everyone is trying to get into the festive cheer
Trying to keep a brave face but we are living a life of fear
Newscasters announcing another tier
Which is not what we want to hear
Cooped up like a barrage of hens
With foxes waiting to pounce from their dens
Will I be next? is the questions I often ask
Coming from a person that is quite sick keeping healthy is a mammoth task
The only blessing in this madness is that I have a very supportive partner
Without him things would definitely be harder!
|Poem 'Festive Time in a Pandemic' by Louisa Chang|
|A misty Forest" a sketch and a painting by Khadeejah Jahan
"Winter tells a story of hope.
The trees, now void of leaves, will soon be touched with envious green!
Snow and wind is a melody of the violin,
That even the stars fall asleep."
"Going through shorter days" a photograph submitted by Jorge Camarena Altamirano,Clinical lead Art Psychotherapist for Rehabilitation and Community NWATS and Milton Keynes
|Ewa Pawluk (Counselling Psychologist, Horton Rehabilitation Services) submitted a photo of Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland.|
Natalie Hickman (Peer Support Research Coordinator, Camden Baby Feeding Team) submitted this photo from Iceland and writes:
"I took this photo in February 2018 during a trip to Iceland. This was taken in the early morning, watching the sun rise over the glorious snow-covered landscape.
As the sun comes up, a new day unfolds and the snow fall overnight erases evidence from the day before, offering hope for a fresh start."
Rainbows outshine the Shadows", a photograph submitted by Sarah Jane Kipps, working with Harrow 0-19 Team School Nursing Team
"This photo was taken as I stood up on the first day following a stroke which meant I couldn’t walk. As a School nurse in CNWL used to be active dashing around different schools I have been working throughout the pandemic and the Rainbow has built more significance to the nation. Shadows come and go and cast a shadow over the light however the beautiful colours always win! The light always finds a way to shine through. This time through the window, through the water jug and onto the famous red socks 😊!"
|Cathy O' Connor working at Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities submitted these images created by service User Cathy Gardiner|
Our invisible enemy
Nobody knows what the future holds nobody knows what’s in store, feeling so trapped within our homes not even able to venture out of doors.
Everyday is pretty much the same we Can’t concentrate on tv or books all I do is play online games
Right now the world is a very uncertain place loneliness isolation fear hits us fast, how long is this terrible invisible war going to last.
We have never experienced anything so terrible in our lifetime so many people will die, all we can do is rely on each other for help and support to get through but somedays all we can do is cry
Please god if you are really there take this horrible virus away and show us that you care
We can’t take this much more it’s driving us mad
We all miss our friends and family and the life we used to have.
The Third World War is among us just only not caused my man
Just make sure that you wash your hands as much as you can.
One day we will party and see each other again
The lucky ones that live will remember their family and friends
One day this will be all over
Just remember the world is not going to end
So many people have come together
And we have made lots of new friends.
We have to tell ourselves this is not the end.
It’s amazing how much support and help to for us all
Everyone take care love each other and be safe
And hopefully not in the too distant future we can have a massive party and start to live again.
A memory we do not want to remember but will always remember the loss of our families and friends.
But it’s not the end
By T G Heart
|Signal Hill||Dr Chris Wilson, Principal Clinical Psychologist in Harrow Older Adults submitted
a song along with the lyrics entitled 'Signal Hill'. It is about a ship from his home town that went down on Christmas day off the coast of Newfoundland.
a week before the solstice,
we met beside the Tattershall Castle,
the Humber ferry
now arrested on our Thames.
At the close of a year cold with isolation
we sang songs of union
and were woven
two metres apart
We forgot the cold.
And for the first time since March
our breath was not a threat.
And when my breath is laboured
the memory of that day
will kiss me into life.
|Vapour', is a poem about being able to sing together outside after many months of COVID restrictions by Chris Wilson|
|By Muru Pillai, submitted by Tina Morgan|
|By Lyn Dempsey who says: "They make me realise the wonder of our world and the tranquillity of it at times."|
|Christmas Day, by Surriya Subramaniam who says: "My wife was working on Christmas Day, so I drove her to the Crick Institute, then did my daily Tier 4 exercise. I walked to the top of Primrose Hill, where I saw the sun rise over a crisp, clear London."|
|Snowy Day in Scotland by Sofia Jones who says: "
Prisms of snow they sparkle and glow with blue and violet light. The snow lays silent and crisp. The skies are clear, the deer are near Creatures all out of sight. When the light dims and the snow glistens the moon it shines so bright, turning the day into the night".
|Equally as Beautiful/Weight of the Past by Fiona Eastmond who says:
"They’re mixed media including recycled things, found objects, ink, paint, wax and quartz crystals. They have moving parts; they’re designed to be interacted with – one picks them up and peers inside to see the details, a bit like looking into an artist’s studio or perhaps a short glimpse into someone’s thoughts and dreams. We’ve all dreamed more in this year and I decided to process some of that with art.
They’re meant to be thought-provoking but also shimmer and shine, almost jewellery for the wall".
A snowflake dances across the air
With its carefree partner
The cold winter wind
guiding the swift journey
To its final resting place, it alights
Upon a young child’s reddened nose
As is the annual tradition,
The trees stand bare but proud
For they are encrusted with these white diamonds
And though they have fallen heavy overnight
The burden is weightless
For the long, strong arms of the trees
Have prepared for this moment since
The pond too, is not be spared by the season’s shenanigans
The water alive,
but suffocating underneath
the glass-like sheen painted over it
where skaters merrily perform pirouettes and double axels
in bitter-cold bliss
Elsewhere the creatures of the forest
Under winter’s slumbery spell
They’ve gathered their nourishment and curled up with their young
Until they know it’s alright to say hello
Signalled by the growing power of the sun
as the winter wanes
Knocking of the summer for another time
Let us now enjoy the long winter stime.
|Inside Winter, poem by Dr Anju Sahay|
A painting by Yana Kessel, Community Speech and Language Therapist, which reminds her "of an unforgettable scenery and serenity from her trip to Dorset".
|This drawing was sent by Stefani Nagpal, who shared that our competition gave her the inspiration to draw after a long time.|
|Three photographs submitted by Adrian Brown who shared:
"They are taken from my walk to work which has been so important this year.
Two show the view over London from Harrow on the Hill. Both taken this week.
The third shows sunrise over Northwick Park, my daily destination"