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Seeing the bigger picture

Seeing the bigger picture
Mr Procter with his untitled acrylic.
Seeing the bigger picture
Mrs Smith with untitled self portrait, oil on canvas.
Tuesday 19th April 2011 by C. Freeman

Art teachers Pippa Smith and Colin Procter have produced striking artwork that reflects their specific styles and interests. Mrs Smith’s self-portrait in oils is the latest in a series inspired by transition, while Mr Procter’s surrealist acrylic reflects the shapes he has built up over years of sketching.

He said: ‘My starting point was my sketch books. Over the years I have drawn pages and pages of all these little sketches and they are currently quite Surrealist in style. From drawing things around the area where I live I get these shapes that could be telegraph poles or generators. Believe it or not this picture started out as the wind turbines in Burton Latimer!’

Mrs Smith said: ‘Colin and I decided to come in and use the space in the art department during the holidays because the Year 11s were in and we thought it would be a good opportunity for them to see us putting into practice what we teach. So we set up for three days and these are the results. I have always done self-portraiture, it is what I know best and is like a visual diary. I have always found it quite therapeutic. The students like to see that I paint as well as photograph because it shows that you can add variety to your portfolio. I am hoping to exhibit mixed media incorporating photography, moving images and paintings that document a series of transitions in my life.’

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