I am very happy that my painting "The Wishing Tree" has been accepted for The Black Swan Open 2016.
The Wishing Tree refers to the widespread practice of hanging ribbons known as “cloughties” in the branches of special trees to symbolise a prayer or wish.
It is also in memory of the Holy Thorn Tree in Glastonbury that was cut down by vandals in 2010.
The opening is on 20th October and there are quite a few prizes to be won! The exhibition runs from Friday 21st October until the 19th November.
During the summer I started work on some paintings on panel using copper leaf as a base.
The first one was "Hedgerow Venus", so named because during my research I found that copper was associated with the goddess Venus in mythology and alchemy. This was owing to its lustrous beauty, its ancient use in producing mirrors, and its association with Cyprus, which was sacred to the goddess. The elemental alchemy symbol for copper is also the planetary symbol for Venus.
Appropriately it was also the symbol of Eternal Life. The Ankh was the symbol of Isis, the goddess of Motherhood, healing, and immortality. The Ankh was also carried by many of the Egyptian Gods/Goddesses. The flowers in the painting were ones I found on the wasteland around my studio.
And this is work in progress…
I am working with animals which are significant in stories and myths and can lead us to understand more about our connection to nature and our ancient past.
The last few months I have been working on Goddess paintings to represent the four seasons. The Spring Goddess was painted a few years ago and it is only now that I am painting her sisters.
Autumn and Winter are now finished and I am starting work on Summer. They will also be available as Giclee prints.
The second portrait in this series is now finished and I think they make a powerful pair. It has taken a long time as you can imagine as the background was very complex.
Now I am preparing for the Frome Open Studios. This is on from 5th July until the 13th and I will be in my studio on the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week- so do come and visit! Details of the studio trail are on www.fromeopenstudios.co.uk
There will be a private view on the Friday evening from 6-9pm. There will be an exhibition in the gallery downstairs and all the studios will be open and there will also be a fabulous tapas bar downstairs for drinks and delicious things to eat.
Last year I started a new series of paintings about mothers and their babies. This is a painting of my friend Katerina, who was nearing the end of her pregnancy and had had the baby before I managed to finish it! The Moroccan tile pattern represents the energy and potential of the unborn child. I wanted to show her in a meditative pose- very grounded and centred.
Now I am preparing to paint Kat as a mother with her baby, so watch this space...