Having spoken to others during our coffee morning, I have started a ‘Memories of Bill’ book which I hope we can give to his wife, Brenda, at some time. If you would like to write in it and share your memories of him, I will have the book with me on Friday. You may not want to write much, just a few lines or your name, whatever you wish, which will give Brenda and her family some idea of the love and admiration we have for him.
This week’s session is ‘Mark Making’ leave your brushes behind. Whatever medium you choose it’s worth experimenting – if you want for inspiration just think of some of the lovely images Bill produced hardly using a brush at all.
There’s a ‘Pop up’ at the Crypt again this weekend – & there’s another group having to carry on without Bill’s input and energy. Anne
Bill began to rekindle his natural artistic talent soon after he took early retirement in 2000. When Bill had an interest in anything, he would put his whole self into it. And that self would often be divided into many parts. But the special thing about Bill was that he would ensure each of those parts would be equally very generous and directed at helping others.
Seaford Art Club members who knew Bill will be aware of his many artistic endeavours outside of our club.
Bill was the fundraising manager for ‘Waves’ our local charity for families in crisis and used his art to help raise funds. He was a member of the ‘Society of Eastbourne Artists’, a trustee and tutor running workshops with the ‘Catalyst Art Group’, a founder member and Treasurer of ‘Last Minute Artists’. Bill also helped set up and run ‘Splash’ which offered a chance to experience art for those who were unsure of their artistic ability and who could not afford lessons or the materials.
And the thing is, art was just one area where Bill was able to make a difference to people’s lives. Outside of art through his connection with the Seaford Baptist Church, Bill’s energy and drive has helped so many people of all age groups.
Everyone will have good memories. These are some of mine:
Bill knew all about colour. I once asked him a good way to darken a blue. Instant reply..”try mixing phthalo blue with a little burnt umber”.
I will always remember our meeting at the ‘Downs’ just before last Christmas. Father Christmas turns up during our meeting and offers chocolates to everyone. I thought that was a good idea by the staff at the Downs. It was only later I discovered it was Bill!
I will miss what I often thought very chaotic being turned into something beautiful.
Something I will never now be able to do.. Paint with Bill in Luberon France.
Bill was a generous being far beyond the average. He will be missed by so many who have benefited from his kindness.
Jeremy Sales (Chair).
Bill Burchell's thoughts
"I always thought it incongruous that Bill’s surname was ‘Savidge’ because his nature was the polar opposite. He was the consummate people person: warm, friendly, positive and supportive. Indeed, in his professional life as a Bank Manager, he must have been a customer's dream. They don’t make ‘em like that any more." Bill Burchell.
"Bill was a talented artist using conventional methods, but he could also be highly innovative. If he heard of a new technique he would try it, even if it sounded improbable.I recall him using all kinds of substances to texture pictures – sand, salt, eggshell, newspaper, PVA glue – he’d try anything. I’m sure he’d have added muesli if he thought it worth a go!" Bill Burchell.
Our thoughts are with Brenda and Family.