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

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Green Man gets going


The Green Man Ready For Battle
© Sue Wookey

This is another of those paintings that ran off and did it's own thing.  It started as a perfectly reasonable 'Green Man', that woody spirit of all things green and growing that puts his pagan stamp on churches up and down the country. But the leaves he's spouting wanted to form a helmet and as he went on he got more and more militant, spewing brick destroying ivy and wearing a sprouting seed as an emblem on his forehead. The sort that comes up in your concrete path and gives it what for. I'm not sure I like the look in his eye and the vast array of bugs he's sheltering. I think this is the Green Man very definitely taking a long look at 2010 and getting ready to demonstrate that Nature can be battered but in the end it always wins. And thank goodness for that.

The words around the painting read:

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with the fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze - Thomas Carlyle.

Wise words to take to heart next time you see a new mall popping up where you used to look for fairies when a kid.

5 comments:

Airwin said...

I love your green man, Sue! Beautiful detail!

lmg said...

Oh my he's wonderful!!

Sue W said...

Thanks! He certainly doesn't look anything like I thought he was going to...

I've been making prints and all the different greens have become a nightmare to recapture.

sarah.arkle said...

He's fantastic. I must have a print when you're happy with your colour explorations....

Teresa K said...

I was wondering what had happened to your Green Man, in fact I was looking for him only yesterday! it's a fabulous painting!