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

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Apple's Heart

The Apple's Heart © Sue Wookey

About time I posted another new painting, I hear you say. Well - honestly - I have three but I've been hoarding them while I get around to scanning them and making prints (not my most favourite pastime...). This is probably the most interesting of the three and came from some extensive doodling at the Houghton Regis Craft Fair, while waiting for customers. It's dangerous to doodle because simple ideas just get more and more complex when you have time on your hands, and you end up with something excruciatingly difficult to paint. Like this. But then The Apple's Heart shows that most complex of all symbols, the Apple, token of wisdom, fertility, healing, sacred gifts and much more in myth and folklore. So it never would have been easy! With its star shaped heart and association with the mystical Isle of Apples, Avalon, the painting barely touches the magic associated with the fruit of the Tree of Life and Knowledge.

The words I've composed to go around the border read:

The wassail fades from Wisdom's field, 
yet full I grow and branches part 
for Avalon and Gawain's shield, 
and you who know my secret heart. - SW 

Prints of The Apple's Heart can be ordered online from my website at Galley Hill Art.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Luton Walled Garden Exhibition

 The annual Luton Walled Garden Exhibition is fast approaching, running from the 22nd - 24 March. Not only do you get to look at some fantastic garden and nature inspired art, but you can check out the progress being made to restore this amazing octagonal kitchen garden.

This year the theme is The Garden and Beyond and I've definitely gone beyond by submitting Badger Moonrise, Grove and The Owl Knows. I wish I had them all in my garden, though the tawny owls mooch about the bridleway behind my house at night! I expect they fly over the walls sometimes to check out the shrubbery. Hopefully at least one of these paintings will be on the walls when the Exhibition opens.

I will be there on the Friday afternoon, probably around 1-4 pm, set up with a table so that I can demonstrate. This involves not only painting, but saying 'aaaaargh' a lot and chucking water at 300gsm paper until it squeaks.

The exhibition is open from 12pm - 7pm on Friday and 11am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (when there wll be other artists demonstrating what they do), and this year there will be cards and prints along with the wonderful exhibits put together by local school children. Who could forget the cute elephants made out of milk bottles?