“Waves of Flax” is a painting inspired by a walk, late morning in Summer, observing an impressive view of the English countryside. On returning to the studio, studying my sketchbook brought to mind the following lines of poetry:
‘Who with thy saffron wings upon my flowers
Diffusest honey-drops, refreshing showers,
And with each end of thy blue bow dost crown
My bosky acres and my unshrubb’d down,
Rich scarf to my proud earth;
Shakespeare, The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1
My techniques in this work are deliberately expressive to allow you, the viewer to ‘walk’ through the painting, and to feel the elements and appreciate the quietude. This particular area is a designated Site of Specific Scientific interest as it leads to a Neolithic long barrow (Ancient Monument). Long barrows are the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. This particular monument represents the burial place of one of Britain’s early farming communities.
Flax was an ancient crop. It was made into the first linens and was regarded as a material of purity and light. The canvas of the painting is made of linen and extra pieces have been embedded into the acrylic painting to enhance its meaning and for mark making effect.
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