From the diary: Kirov

lazure in Kirov
For a few weeks in 2001, I was voluntary lazure painting in Kirov, Russia. It was in a State Orphanage that accommodated up to seventy children aged 4-5 years. The photo (two together for a better view) is from a section of the entrance area but we also managed to lazure the corridors leading to the bedrooms.
When the work was finished, the staff organised a tea party and I was given cards drawn by the children and a couple of beautifully crafted gifts. Later, when music started playing, a cute little girl took me by the hand and led me to the front to dance…I still blush when I think about it!

Blue lazure

blue area

Work in progress on the blue side of the waiting room. The original concept from when it was last painted, probably a decade ago, was that the blue reflects the warmth and care of the nurses, whose working area is on the same side also. I think these attributes for blue, specifically cobalt, are referenced from Collot d’Herbois who describes cobalt blue as having a ‘nursing quality’ in her book ‘Light, Darkness and Colour in Painting Therapy.’