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

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Moon Horse

© Sue Wookey

Yes, it really is another horse and this one is so special to me he's not even going on sale, although I have made prints so I can share a little bit of him even while I keep the original. He is very real to me and if I had a garden bigger than a fairy's pocket handkerchief and could keep a horse, then he would be it. He has, I think you will agree, a great deal of presence. And I wanted his dappling to be like the dappling of the moon. Because of the association with the Moon, he should really be a she, but, well, he isn't. So there. I painted him a few months ago and put off the print making as long as I could because I knew it would be a nightmare, and it was! Hours of fiddling, balancing and tweaking have, in the end, produced prints I'm really pleased with. I gave blood to get the colour of the earth right. Well... not literally... but late yesterday it really felt like I had. I couldn't find a quote to go around him that I was happy with so wrote something myself:

Over the hill runs the Horse,
above the hill rides the Moon,
silvered with the forgotten fire - 
the dappled Horse and the Moon.

Don't ask me to explain it, you will have to ask the Muse.

Giclee prints are available, as ever, from my website at Galley Hill Art.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Leave it all Behind

© Sue Wookey

Time for another new painting, the first of two I've done with horses in it! Leave it all Behind is yet another painting that evolved while I was painting it (I don't go into much pre-planning...). I wanted something that would incorporate wind and movement, and a sense of moving forward. As I painted the leaves the title came to me, and it was then that I understood more about what I was trying to capture. The painting was clearly (to me anyway!) about one of those magical journeys where we sense we are moving forward in life. Old habits that hold us back, old troubles, and unwelcome difficulties are peeled away by a cleansing wind and fall like autumn leaves. Having served their purpose, we reach the point where we really can truly leave them all behind and look forward to new beginnings. The words around the border read:

Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into flowers,
the winds will blow their freshness into you,
and the storms, their energy,
and cares will drop off like autumn leaves. 

- John Muir

The prints were pretty tough to make because of the very subtle shades and tones of the horse and figure, and the use of different blues and indigos. Blue it always hard to get exactly right! But after a struggle I beat my colour adjustment filters into submission and have managed to produce prints I am happy with. So I now have lovely limited edition giclees available from my Galley Hill Art Website.


Friday, 20 May 2011

ANB Open Studios

It's ANB Open Studios time again (where do the years go?) and this year I'm exhibiting from 6th - 11th June in the Rose Garden Tearooms of the The Priory Heritage Centre, Dunstable. This is a lovely venue and I shall be around from 10 - 4pm all week to chat to people and perhaps do a bit of sketching. Alas, there won't be enough room for me to paint, but I can still get creative!

High Street South, 
Dunstable, Beds LU6 3RZ

There will also be an Open Studios Taster Exhibition at The Red Dot Gallery, Icknield High School, Riddy Lane, Luton LU3 2AH. You will find full opening details on the right of the page if you follow either of the two Open Studios links above. This will be a chance to sample a wide variety of Bedfordshire artists works. The Red Dot Gallery is a wonderful exhibiting space and those of you who supported me at Open Studios last year will know where to find it ;-).