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

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Obsidian Art: 'The Horse in Art' Exhibition

Leave it all Behind
© Sue Wookey

Obsidian Art has a wonderful exhibition coming up throughout January featuring The Horse in Art. I'll be exhibiting the original of Leave it all Behind (above), and there will be prints of it available at the exhibition, along with my Moon Horse:

"The Horse in Art 2012" 
Friday 6 January - Sunday 5 February 2012 

40 selected artists exhibiting more than 400 artworks - paintings, drawing, prints, sculpture, cast glass and more.


If you love horses (count me in on that one!) then this is a must see! I just know I'm going to end up buying something... (again!).

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Monday, 12 December 2011

Priory Christmas Craft Fair

 My stall at Priory House

Well, it's been a busy week with the craft fair at St Albans last Saturday, and now two days at Priory House in Dunstable. I'm beginning to feel like an old hand at it. At least I now know how to refold my tablecloth properly, and how to hide my water bottle and energy bars behind the card stand!

After a rather quiet start on the Friday, the Craft Fair went very well on the Saturday - probably helped by the magic presence downstairs of Father Christmas, and assorted elves and Christmas Angels. It was a nice day and, once again, I met some lovely people, so thank you to all of you who took the trouble to come up and chat with me, I enjoyed all our conversations.

Priory House used the Craft Fair to showcase artists and craftspeople who they have connections with, many of whom have work in their lovely shop. If you are in Dunstable it's worth popping in if you are looking for something special. They also hold my cards and prints can be ordered through them too!

Hopefully the Craft Fair will be a regular feature there, so watch this space.

 Dunstable Priory through the window

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Having a Fair old time...

 My stall at St Albans with twinkly lights

Yesterday was the HVAF's first Art and Gift Fair at the Old Town Hall in St Albans, and it was a really wonderful event thanks to a whole team of people putting in an enormous amount of hard work. I thoroughly enjoyed it, once I got everything set up, because so many people took the trouble to come through the door and they were all very appreciative of all the fantastic work that was on display. There was never a quiet moment and I kept forgetting to sit down, so my poor old feet are really complaining today (along with my arms after lugging all that heavy stuff about!). But it was really worth it. And what I enjoyed most of all was talking to so many interesting people who were encouraging about the work that I do, and who even came up with some new ideas for me to work with, all of which I will take on board. To all of you that stopped by my stall and may be reading this, thank you! And to those souls who fell in love with things and bought them, a double thank you!!

The Fair was full all day...

I was lucky enough to be positioned in a nice corner, so could get my enormous display board up where it could be seen, though it does have fuzzy-felt mind of its own and tried to flatten me at the end of the day when I was at my weakest, by collapsing on me as I took it apart. I was also lucky to be near Hilary and Ben so I had someone to chat to and pull faces at. We all had a good time but it was certainly tiring and once I got home I couldn't move. At the moment I feel as though I can't ever look at tricksy hanging hooks, bubble wrap and cello bags again, but I have to because.....

.....this Friday I will be doing it all over again at the Priory House Craft Fayre, Grove House, Dunstable! I shall be setting up my stall (cute Christmas cards included) on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th, from 10am to 4pm:
Priory House is hosting it's first Craft Fayre, making it the perfect place for your Christmas Shopping. Having trouble finding the ideal item for that hard to buy for person? Join a host of local artists and craftsman as they display a collection of crafts that will prove irresistible. Crafts will include Pyrography, Wood Turning, Glassware, Art work and more. The Fayre will be open from 10.00 to 4.00pm Friday 9 December and Saturday 10 December, some of the crafts will be on display for one day only so be sure to visit.

For added incentive Saturday 10 December is also the day of the Priory House Christmas Cracker. Spend a day of festive fun with the team at Priory House.

For more information please contact Priory House on 01582 890270 or email prioryhouse@dunstable.gov.uk
My poor muscles are protesting, but I'm sure it will be a great couple of days. So if any of you at St Albans are regretting not buying a print, mini-original or cute mouse cards, you know where to find me!


Photos © Sue Wookey

Friday, 25 November 2011

St Albans here I come...

Christmas Mouse © Sue Wookey

I've been very busy preparing for next Saturday's HVAF Art and Gift Fair at St Albans (see full details in the posting below). This is the first Fair I've had a stall at and I'm really looking forward to it - once I get it all set up! I keep telling myself that it can't possibly be as difficult as Art on the Common because there is no Gazebo to erect and no wind or rain to contend with. Just a large self-assembly display board to wrestle into submission. In readiness I'll be practising bunging it all together and sticking stuff on it, just in case!

In a moment of last minute panic I decided that I really had to have some Christmas related stuff on show, so I've painted and made some cards of a little mouse with a Christmas present and another carrying a fir branch to make a mouse-sized Christmas Tree. Between now and Saturday 3rd I'll try and do a couple more. If I don't sell any, then at least half of you reading this will get them for Christmas.

The Fair will be at The Old Town Hall, Marketplace, St Albans, AL3 5DJ, and will be full of wonderful hand crafted gifts. Come along and support starving artists for Christmas. Just kidding. But come along anyway.

 The Christmas Tree © Sue Wookey

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Monday, 3 October 2011

Art and Gift Fair, St Albans


On 3 December I'll be taking part in this Art and Gift Fair at The Old Town Hall, Marketplace, St Albans AL3 5DJ. The Fair will be a wonderful chance to do some Christmas shopping and support the Odyssey Cinema Appeal. The Craft Fair is organised by the HVAF and promises to have a wide range of beautiful local arts and crafts. If you didn't get a chance to get along to Open Studios, I will have all my prints and cards there, small mounted originals like those I've been posting here (at least, the ones that haven't already sold!), and maybe a couple of larger originals too, depending on space.

And while we are on Open Studios, thanks to everyone who came along to see us at Artscape throughout September. We all had a wonderful time doing our Open Studios there (thanks to Gurmeet and all the Artscape Staff), met some very interesting people and had the chance to talk about why we love what we do. We even met fellow and budding artists and, between chatting, actually managed to do some work:

Dawn Hare © Sue Wookey

Curiosity © Sue Wookey

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Artscape Arts Exhibition

 
 My stuff hanging at Artscape © Sue Wookey

Well - we've hung our exhibition ready for Open Studios and all went smoothly. I even managed to get all of my paintings up in straight lines without lying on the floor and crying, which I think is always a plus. All of the paintings are new to Artscape, and two have never been exhibited before - my Green Lady and Twelve Hares. Along with my paintings, there are new watercolours and wonderful photos of Venice from Teresa Newham, beautiful acrylic mounted photography from Hilary Taylor and some stunning figurative painting from Helen Griffin. As always we have an exhibition that is full of a variety of styles and different media.

I've added some small, reasonably priced watercolour originals into the mix, which I hope everyone will like. They are very different in style from my usual square work with a border, but still explore the things I love. Along with those that are based around symbols there are nature paintings - such as the owls I posted here - foxes, hares, badgers and these little paintings of mice:

Autumn Fieldmouse © Sue Wookey 

Spring Fieldmouse © Sue Wookey

You can't tell from the scans, but they all have silver and gold pen work on them so they change in different lights!

You can see the exhibition at Artscape Arts, Unit 8, Southdown Industrial Estate, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PW from now until the 1st October with artists present on the following open days:
Sat 10 Sept 1pm - 5pm
Fri 16 - Sat 17th Sept 1pm - 5pm
Fri 23rd - Sat 24th 1pm - 5pm
Fri 30th Sept - Sat 1 Oct 1pm - 5pm
I will be there for all of them apart from Sept 23rd-24th. You will find full details of the exhibition here and it would be lovely to see you there if you are close by!
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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Open Studios at the Farmers' Market


Herts Open Studios is nearly upon us again (where on earth does the time go) and a bunch of us returned to Harpenden Farmers' Market to promote the event, (full details here on the HVAF Website). We were lucky because after being hammered all over the county with yesterdays torrential rain we were suddenly blessed with perfect marketing weather. I didn't need my cagoule. I didn't need to cover my nose with factor 50 sunblock. We didn't have to tie everything down with guy ropes and extra strength sticky tape. Everything stayed upright, attached and unbent. My painting stayed on its easel and didn't fall over creating a glass incident. Perfect! And we had a steady stream of really interested people who all took brochures and genuinely want to support the event. We even found some new artists. We all had a really fun day talking to everybody (and each other) and are now looking forward to doing our individual Open Studios.

 Click on the piccy above for a larger version

I will be exhibiting throughout September, along with artists Teresa Newham, Hilary Taylor and Helen Griffin, at Artscape Arts, Unit 8, Southdown Industrial Estate, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 1PW. The Exhibition will run from Monday 5th September to Saturday 1st October, with Open Studios days, where artists will be present, on:
Sat 10 Sept 1pm - 5pm
Fri 16 - Sat 17th Sept 1pm - 5pm
Fri 23rd - Sat 24th 1pm - 5pm
Fri 30th Sept - Sat 1 Oct 1pm - 5pm
We really look forward to seeing any of you there who are in our area!


All photos © Sue Wookey

Monday, 22 August 2011

Twelve Hares

© Sue Wookey

One can never have too many hares! Twelve Hares is a painting based on the fascinating symbol of the Vesica Piscis, two overlapping circles creating a central mandorla (also found in my painting The Cradle of Life). For some unfathomable reason - I guess it's that Muse again - the whole thing popped into my head almost complete, but then, having got it well and truly stuck there, I had to draw it and make all the hares fit. That's the sort of thing that can give you sleepless nights! The Vesica Piscis represents the birth of life and this painting is filled with circles and mandorlas, defining the shapes of all the twelve hares found in this work. They symbolize the continuity of life and its cycle. Dancing between day and night they show Nature's abundance and continual renewal. At the bottom of the picture a hare guards a secret - which could be the full moon, or the pearl of great price, or even the white stone of the alchemists. What ever is it, it is the complete and perfect heart of all life. I composed the words for the border because I couldn't find anything that summed up the complexities I've stuffed into this work. I'm still not entirely convinced that I've captured it, but they read:

Year by year on the hill rises the golden corn, and over the hill swings the reaping moon, and always on the hill leaps the nimble hare - Sue Wookey


Please God there will always be hares on the hills.

'Twelve Hares' is now available from by website, Galley Hill Art, as a limited edition giclee print using lightfast inks on heavyweight archival 100% cotton Hahnemuhler fine-art paper.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The Green Lady

© Sue Wookey
I've finally finished and scanned (I now have my own A3 scanner!) my companion piece to The Green Man Ready for Battle. Where he shows nature at its most implacable, The Green Lady is much gentler! She represents Nature at its most abundant and generous. I've surrounded her with honeysuckle because of its beautiful scent, field bindweed for abundance and strength, and blackberry blossom for its fruit. I've also painted in my favourite butterflies (comma, holly blue and ringlet) and a couple of visiting bees. There is even a tiny ladybird. As a final detail I've given her green eyelashes. If I was a Green Lady I wouldn't have anything less.The quotes around the border read:

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her - William Wordsworth 
In leaf and blade, in bud and bloom exultantly her gladness grows - R.W. Service

The Green Lady is now available as a limited edition giclee print at Galley Hill Art.

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Owls rule

© Sue Wookey


Herts Open Studios is coming up all too quickly, with HVAF members exhibiting throughout September, and its time to get my head around what I'll be showing at our usual Artscape Venue. This year, as well as the usual originals, prints and cards, I decided that it would be nice to have a selection of smaller watercolours which will be presented in mounts, but left unframed to keep costs down for buyers. This has given me the chance to paint some looser, more traditional watercolours before I forget how to do it. I also have so much lovely, textured paper that its criminal not to be using it. I use the smoothest paper I can find for my usual work so that it will take detail and scan beautifully for prints, but I have a whole drawer of the rough stuff begging me to get busy with it.

© Sue Wookey

And so we come to owls - or more specifically - barn owls. Start painting them and it becomes obsessive. Those ghostly, heart shaped faces, the blunt profile that looks as though they are head butting the wind when they fly, the huge arc of their wings. You get hooked on their strange shape and general all-round spookiness. So I decided to paint a series of them from a variety of angles, using my biggest mop brush on quite small (5" x 7") paper for the backgrounds and using my dip pen to get into the finer details. I'll have them at Open studios along with some mini-mystical landscapes and various hares (don't get me started on hares....).

© Sue Wookey

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Rain stopped play....

© Sue Wookey

After a really enjoyable Open Studios at The Priory Heritage Centre (it went really, REALLY well!) I was looking forward to spending the following Sunday taking part in Art on the Common. It was huge fun last year, despite nearly being blown from Harpenden to Outer Mongolia by very strong winds. The annual Harpenden event raises money for Cancer Research and everyone else had a very successful day on the Saturday without me. Having packed up at the Priory I was ready to decamp to the Common. I even spent the entire evening making loads more cards because I'd sold out of all the best-selling ones (there's logic in there somewhere...). I packed the car with everything I might need - umbrella, cagoule, woolly hat, fleece, sleeveless top, sunhat, suncream (last year I got hypothermia and sunburn) and was ready for anything. But it rained and rained and rained. We only got the gazebo half up and decided to call it a day. Later in the morning I passed the common again, and there were four gazebos braving the elements with King Lear like defiance and two hardy walkers browsing in rain macs. Later on the wind and rain whipped up into a real frenzy. I wonder if they're in Outer Mongolia?
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Monday, 6 June 2011

ANB Open Studios at the Tea Rooms

© Sue Wookey

Well, Beds Open Studios has finally arrived and I spent today hanging my work at the Rose Garden Tea Rooms at Dunstable Priory Heritage Centre. I bought myself a super-dooper-whizzy-all-singing-all-dancing hanging system and had the paintings up in no time! Several of them are being exhibited for the first time and the new ones received quite a lot of nice comments. Always nice to know you are not going off the boil or have lost the (paint) plot. The Moon Horse acquired several admirers and quite right too, he's that sort of horse. I spent the afternoon sketching, drew another horse, a Green Woman (coming soon in paint if I can get my act together and get on with it) and a hare's head just to see if I could remember the bone structure. Well... I almost could. Tomorrow I shall work on some overdue Tolkien sketches otherwise I shall be drummed out of Middle-earth.

One last thing - the staff at the Centre, both in the shop and the cafe, are wonderful. I felt right at home.

You can discover more about Artist Network Bedfordshire Open Studios in my post here. There is still plenty of time to pay me and all the other participating artists a visit!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Moon Horse

© Sue Wookey

Yes, it really is another horse and this one is so special to me he's not even going on sale, although I have made prints so I can share a little bit of him even while I keep the original. He is very real to me and if I had a garden bigger than a fairy's pocket handkerchief and could keep a horse, then he would be it. He has, I think you will agree, a great deal of presence. And I wanted his dappling to be like the dappling of the moon. Because of the association with the Moon, he should really be a she, but, well, he isn't. So there. I painted him a few months ago and put off the print making as long as I could because I knew it would be a nightmare, and it was! Hours of fiddling, balancing and tweaking have, in the end, produced prints I'm really pleased with. I gave blood to get the colour of the earth right. Well... not literally... but late yesterday it really felt like I had. I couldn't find a quote to go around him that I was happy with so wrote something myself:

Over the hill runs the Horse,
above the hill rides the Moon,
silvered with the forgotten fire - 
the dappled Horse and the Moon.

Don't ask me to explain it, you will have to ask the Muse.

Giclee prints are available, as ever, from my website at Galley Hill Art.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Leave it all Behind

© Sue Wookey

Time for another new painting, the first of two I've done with horses in it! Leave it all Behind is yet another painting that evolved while I was painting it (I don't go into much pre-planning...). I wanted something that would incorporate wind and movement, and a sense of moving forward. As I painted the leaves the title came to me, and it was then that I understood more about what I was trying to capture. The painting was clearly (to me anyway!) about one of those magical journeys where we sense we are moving forward in life. Old habits that hold us back, old troubles, and unwelcome difficulties are peeled away by a cleansing wind and fall like autumn leaves. Having served their purpose, we reach the point where we really can truly leave them all behind and look forward to new beginnings. The words around the border read:

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers,
the winds will blow their freshness into you,
and the storms, their energy,
and cares will drop off like autumn leaves. 

- John Muir

The prints were pretty tough to make because of the very subtle shades and tones of the horse and figure, and the use of different blues and indigos. Blue it always hard to get exactly right! But after a struggle I beat my colour adjustment filters into submission and have managed to produce prints I am happy with. So I now have lovely limited edition giclees available from my Galley Hill Art Website.

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Friday, 20 May 2011

ANB Open Studios



It's ANB Open Studios time again (where do the years go?) and this year I'm exhibiting from 6th - 11th June in the Rose Garden Tearooms of the The Priory Heritage Centre, Dunstable. This is a lovely venue and I shall be around from 10 - 4pm all week to chat to people and perhaps do a bit of sketching. Alas, there won't be enough room for me to paint, but I can still get creative!

High Street South, 
Dunstable, Beds LU6 3RZ


There will also be an Open Studios Taster Exhibition at The Red Dot Gallery, Icknield High School, Riddy Lane, Luton LU3 2AH. You will find full opening details on the right of the page if you follow either of the two Open Studios links above. This will be a chance to sample a wide variety of Bedfordshire artists works. The Red Dot Gallery is a wonderful exhibiting space and those of you who supported me at Open Studios last year will know where to find it ;-).


Thursday, 21 April 2011

A green and pleasant land?


My Green Man Ready for Battle really is going into battle on 5th May as part of Obsidian Art's HS2 Protest Exhibition against the proposed High Speed Rail Link. The £33 Billion Link will cut a swathe through the Chilterns and the beautiful countryside that surrounds the Gallery, passing only 200 metres from it. For full details about the Exhibition and how you can help, clicky clicky on the picture link above. For full details about the HS2 protest visit the STOP HS2 website where you can find out more and sign the petition.


© Sue Wookey
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Friday, 15 April 2011

Elements Exhibition Private View

© Sue Wookey

We had our Private View last night for the Elements Exhibition at the AIM for Art Gallery in Milton Keynes. I thought the exhibition looked wonderful with so many different styles and media. As usual I had to give myself a stern talking to, to prevent my buying stuff instead of selling stuff. Luckily the piece I was most tempted by was way too dear for me! It was lovely to meet other artists from around Beds and Bucks and also to have a chance to talk about my paintings and explain some of the symbols I use to people. I even sold some cards. Hurrah!

Full details of the exhibition, which runs to the 7th May, can be found here.

My paintings in the centre
© Sue Wookey

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Friday, 8 April 2011

The Temple of the Moon

© Sue Wookey
Another moon painting. Yes, I admit it, I'm obsessed with the moon and I think the recent spectacular Lunar Perigee at the Spring Equinox hasn't helped. It was just so Big and Bright and Beautiful. It made me want to leap around the night-time garden just to celebrate all that silver light, but thankfully I spared the neighbours (and the snails - it's impossible to run around my garden at night without flattening snails, slowly processing westwards across the grass, on some inpentetrable mission). This painting is also full of mystery. Like Eostra's Moon, the moon is being reborn inside an ancient mound, but this one has Guardian Trees and the traces of a labyrinth on the top. Behind it a full moon hangs over a misty lake. The words around the edge read:
Behold the glow of the moon
illumine the world's four quarters
perfect light in perfect space
a radiance that purifies.
- Shih Te
The Temple of the Moon is now available as a limited edition giclee print from Galley Hill Art.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Elements Exhibition in Milton Keynes

Another exhibition! This time at the AIM for Art Gallery in Milton Keynes. It's been a busy couple of months...

Elements

an exhibition of paintings, photography, wood-turning and pottery for sale celebrating aspects of the natural world

Thursday 14th April - Saturday 7th May

Participating artists

Julian Abrams, Irene Foster, Jill Goodyear, Susan Gray, Roy Holding, Sarah Janavicius, Liz Linton, Tracey Mason, Di Oliver, Georgina Porter, Rowena Quilleash, Barbara Swann, Sue Wookey and Rosemary Wright

AIM for Art Gallery can be found at the centre:mk on the outside, next to Costa Coffee and opposite Waitrose.

AIM for Art Gallery
759 Midsummer Boulevard
@ thecentre:mk
Milton Keynes
Bucks
MK9 3BG
tel: 01908 674 069
email: info@aimforartgallery.org.uk
web: www.aimforartgallery.org.uk

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Into Spring ANB Exhibition

© Sue Wookey
 
Into Spring
Letchworth Arts Centre
22 March - 31 March
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

The Artists' Network Bedfordshire invite you to visit our show "INTO SPRING" at Letchworth Arts Centre. The gallery opens out from a busy cafe\bar where you can relax with cup of tea or snack while visiting the show. 

Letchworth Art Centre is located at 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EW and you can find more information about the event on their website www.letchwortharts.org

A group of us hung this Exhibition yesterday and, though I say so myself, it looks pretty darned good. It was hard work (I never want to look at a tape measure again) but we were fortified by the cafe next door and (in my case) rather too many cups of tea. You can see my work hanging around the central pillar, and it was a relief to put them somewhere where I could bung them up without trying to get them all in a straight line! Even so, I managed to stab myself in the finger and have now generously given blood - as well as sweat and tears - in the cause of art.

© Sue Wookey

There is a wide range of interesting work across several different media and is well worth a visit if you are in the area!

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Earth and Fire

Earth and Fire
© Sue Wookey

This is a newish painting that I've been meaning to post for a while, but I wanted to wait until I'd made giclee prints. Getting the colours right have been a nightmare, but I'm finally satisfied with them and they are now available at Galley Hill Art. The painting represents the Elements of Earth and Fire, with the stag representing fire. Stags have a longstanding relationship with the Sun in many cultures and have been regarded as a sacred animal since neolithic times. This fiery stag popped up (or, more specifically, bounded up) in a half-waking dream and was so vivid I had to capture him in paint. Needless to say he doesn't now look anything like what I saw. Such is the gap between our imagination and what happens when you get your jam jar of water out. Never mind, he still looks pretty hot. The words around the outside are attributed to St Patrick and describe his imaginative vision of all that is staggy:
Light of sun, radiance of moon, splendour of fire, speed of lightening, swiftness of wind, depth of sea, stablility of earth, firmness of rock.
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Monday, 28 February 2011

The Innermost Garden

The Innermost Garden
© Sue Wookey

Here's something a bit different from my usual work - a painting with flowers in it for the Luton Hoo Walled Garden 'Season's in a Garden' exhibit. Luton Hoo Walled Garden is a major project to restore an unusual octagonal walled garden, originally created in the 1770s. Following serious decline after WW11, it is now slowly being brought back to its former glory, while being used as a centre to inspire the creative arts with resident painters, sculptors and photographers.

I really enjoyed exhibiting there last year - where I showed my Green Man and a couple of photos - but this year I couldn't see anything in my work that was suitable for a garden theme. The, answer, of course, is to paint something special! Flowers are definitely outside my comfort zone. The formal style of Tudoresque roses even more outside it (they are pretty tricksy things and I was almost sorry I started them...). But I wanted to reflect the idea of the mystical garden (the inner Eden) that features so much in religious art and alchemical drawings. I'm not at all sure I've been that successful, although all the flowers have specific meanings, and there is a fountain and water flowing out from the centre of the painting. Never mind - I'm pleased by how the colours work together and their relation to the stylised form of the primary pattern - the sacred geometry of the Flower of Life. It looks like some exotic tiled floor or sumptuous carpet. The words around the outside read:

I am a kind word uttered and repeated
by the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the blue tent
upon the green carpet.

- Song of the Flowers, Gibran

Saturday, 22 January 2011

A grove of trees






















Grove
© Sue Wookey

I've been meaning to post this new painting for ages but have been putting it off until I had a chance to make prints. Well, the prints will be coming very soon, but I thought I'd better post the painting anyway or it will look as though I've done NOTHING over Christmas. Which is very nearly true. It's just so dark in late December, early January, isn't it?

This painting is - as you can see - all about trees. In fact a whole grove of trees forming a sacred space (hence the joined roots and the sun at the centre). A quite place within Nature to do all that contemplating we mean to do, but never find enough peaceful moments to get around to enjoying. A green, tranquil island within our busy lives. A miniature grove for the home if you haven't got a forest at your door or a humungously sized garden. I speak as one who's garden would give a pocket handkerchief a run for it's money.

The words around the edge read:

I part the out thrusting branches 
and come in beneath the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent, there is singing around me.
- Wendell Berry

May there be many helpful and happy trees in your life.