'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Moons and Mazes

The Road
© Sue Wookey

Well - Open Studios is over and done with and it's been a blast. It's been wonderful to have so many visitors and to have the chance to chat to them all and talk about what we do and why we do it. Hard to do without sounding all arty-farty. It's also been wonderful to have days where you aren't expected to do anything but sit and paint. I thought I'd just dabble with a few example techniques but ended up with some half decent paintings - amazing when you realise that you just can't leave a watercolour wash in mid-flow without total disaster. Somehow I managed to keep painting and talking at one the same time - at least I think I did. There are probably people out there who now think of me as 'that weird lady who talked gibberish while dipping her brush in her tea cup.'

The painting at the top is one of those that I managed to complete. The words around the outside read:

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. - Emerson

The Moon
© Sue Wookey

This was painted from a really amazing Nasa photo called 'Purple Moon'. There is so much detail on the Hubble photograph that the moon looks very dark and 'in your face', instead of the distant, pale, and fragile looking wafer we normally see. Judi, our glass artist, had used it as inspiration for a fused glass wall piece and suggested I had a go at painting it. Interesting to interpret one image in two mediums! My moon has hardly any purple, though, so it's now just 'The Moon'. The words around the outside are a poem I wrote quite a while ago which seemed appropriate:


The moon
is knocking on my window
full on,
no sideways smile
slithering behind the night,
no teasing through
a dusky slip of cloud,
but bare and bright
and fey -
drawing the blood tide
to dancing;
to measuring circles,
to conjuring her reincarnation
under the lunar white.

Sue Wookey

It was jolly difficult to fit all that in around the border without teeny-tiny writing but determination goes a long way....