Beryl Cook was a quiet, almost reclusive, painter, and, I suspect, quite slim. The fact that she enjoyed portraying big confident women (and the odd man) is perhaps no surprise. And there was often a humorous side to them too. No wonder she didn’t appeal to the cognoscenti of the art world.  This picture is a collage of some of her characters and makes a hugely enjoyable jig-saw.  And the meditation?  Well, I find doing a jig-saw is quite a meditative experience, removing me from other thoughts and providing a small jolt of joy each time that particular tricky piece slots so nicely into place.

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