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

Friday, 19 December 2008

Artists are magical helpers. Evoking symbols and motifs that connect us to our deeper selves, they can help us along the heroic journey of our own lives.

Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Gandalf the White

Gandalf the White
© Sue Wookey

Finally, another Tolkien painting. I was very struck by the passage below on my latest re-read of The Lord of the Rings. It comes afterGandalf returns to Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli in Fangorn. Gandalf has been talking about the Ents and Legolas asks what they will do:

I do not think they know themselves. I wonder.' He fell silent, his head bowed in thought.

The others looked at him. A gleam of sun through fleeting clouds fell on his hands, which lay now upturned on his lap: they seemed to be filled with light as a cup is with water. At last he looked up and gazed straight at the sun.

It seemed to me to be a very beautiful image for a painting and also a way to depict a more vulnerable side to Gandalf, who has returned from unimaginable terrors in Moria that the others, as yet, know nothing about. It also reinforces the idea that his return is like a miraculous blessing. It's one of those small moments that keep me going back to the book because I will always be struck by something new.