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

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Badger Moonrise

Badger Moonrise © Sue Wookey

Here is the promised new painting in my Animals with the Moon series, a rising moon with a beautiful black and white striped badger amongst coppery beech leaves. He (or she, I haven't decided which yet!) has emerged with a very gentle and joyful expression, in that kindly and wise way that badgers have. As always, the animal has taken on its own life and personality as I've painted it.

The words around the border reflect the way that the Badger lives between two worlds - within the earth and underneath the moon - while bearing the colours of both on its coat:

From the black of the deep delved Earth,
to the silvered white of the round Moon rising
the Badger, dark and light, knows both Mothers
and walks in joy with them both. - Sue Wookey

Prints will be available from my Galley Hill Art website soon - with the pre-Christmas rush I'm a little behind making them! But I couldn't wait that long to post the painting. When I have the prints ready I will post the link here.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Healing Light

The Healing Light © Sue Wookey

With the days so short it's hard to find enough time to paint - just as I'm getting into it the sun disappears beneath the horizon and that's all that can be done for the day. I have a selection of daylight bulbs but it just isn't the same! Even so, I've been pretty busy and will soon be posting another 'animal and the moon' painting. In the meantime I have another new painting which is all about light - a bright blue orb of Healing Light, guarded by a circle of ancient standing stones. Beyond the circle you can also see the green of the forest with a starry sky above. This is another of those paintings that just came to me in a meditation, and I was struck by the beauty of the scene.

The words around the border are an old Irish Blessing and the wise words of that lover of nature and light, St Francis of Assisi:

May the blessing of Light be on you, Light without and Light within - Irish Blessing
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle - St Francis of Assisi

The Healing Light is now available as a limited edition giclee print from my website at Galley Hill Art.