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

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Standing Stones and stuff

© Sue Wookey

Another Sacred Landscape painting, this time inspired by those mysterious cup-and-ring markings found on so many old stones dotted around the country. I've cut away the hill to show the ground water beneath the stones and tried to make the whole painting pulse with energy. No idea what the markings really meant to the people who carved them but it's fun speculating!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009


© Sue Wookey

I've finally got around to posting Fimbrethil, who is busying herself with the 'lesser trees', the 'meads in the sunshine' and the fruits of the earth. I've painted her, as Treebeard describes her, 'bent and browned' with hair 'parched by the sun to the hue of ripe corn' and cheeks 'like red apples'. Underneath the painting it says:

When honey spills, and apple swells, though wind be in the west,
I'll linger here beneath the Sun, because my land is best.

If only we had the entwives tending the good earth and nurturing it for us still.

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Amon Hen and Mallorn

© Sue Wookey

One of my paintings - Gandalf the White - is on the cover of The Tolkien Society's Bulletin 'Amon Hen' this month and has come out looking very well given the humungous amount of detail crammed into a very small space. I also designed the leafy writing, which was great fun to do - I'll now have to try and come up with an entire leafy alphabet! Many thanks to Andrew Butler for letting me do another cover and scrawl leafily all over it.

The Tolkien Society's Biannual Journal 'Mallorn' also came out this month and is so unexpectedly full of my paintings (I expected 2 and ended up with 4 full colour illustrations and 2 pen sketches) that I really think that I'll have to kiss Henry Gee's feet the next time I see him. A great boost for any artist trying to get their stuff 'out there'. I hope everyone enjoys seeing them as much as I enjoyed painting them!

I have two more Tolkien paintings coming up which I will post when I can get the scans done. I've finally got around to painting Mrs Fangorn AKA Fimbrethil who - due to an unfortunate combination of spiky twigs and cheery red cheeks - went through an totally uncalled for Mrs Tiggywinkle phase before I managed to rescue her. Now she looks like an ent should and not as though she rolls through the grass collecting leaves in her spare time. Plus I'm in the middle of wrestling with a colour version of Glaurung and I think Glaurung is winning. The painting is, at the moment, horrendous and unless Turin comes along (AKA my muse...) Glauring will have the whole painting in shreds in the bin. At least he doesn't look like Mrs Tiggywinkle.