The Bright Field - a series of paintings, oil on canvas and acrylic on carved wood, inspired by the RS Thomas poem:
The Bright Field
I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone my way and forgotten it. But that was the pearl of great price, the one field that had treasure in it. I realise now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after an imagined past. It is the turning aside like Moses to the miracle of the lit bush, to a brightness that seemed as transitory as your youth once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
R S Thomas
List of Paintings:
Bright Field i - Oil on Canvas
Bright Field ii - Acrylic on Wood
Morning Light - Acrylic on Wood
Resonance - Acrylic on Wood
Bright Field iii - Oil on Canvas - SOLD
Bright Field iv - Oil on Canvas - SOLD
the senses - smell, sound, touch
Song of the Trees
I am struck by the way trees have a magnificent presence throughout the year. They are the lungs of our city and hold a resonance – with all the noise of life their presence is like a song.
Flowers of London Town
Acrylic Paint on Fabric
“Oh what a multitude they seemed, these flowers of London Town” (Songs of Innocence, William Blake)
I regularly walk across Bunhill Fields, the ancient burial ground, where the poet William Blake lies peacefully. His ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ include a lament against child poverty -“The flowers of London Town’ . These ‘flowers’ are his reference to street children – a subject dear to my heart.
Walking through Bunhill Fields, I take in the changing colours of the flowers first the primroses and daffodils giving way to bluebells then the explosion of leaves on the trees – this place of death giving us a breath of life. It brings together different elements that Im interested in, especially the need for green spaces and trees as the lungs of our city.