'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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