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Pgisrn... Gprins... Spring

United Kingdom

Size: 59.1 H x 47.2 W x 1.6 in

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Metal and Paint on Canvas.

As an artist, I am inspired by nature, but I do not paint scenes from the natural world. My paintings are not abstract reiterations of the physical appearance of the woods, or flowers, or birds. Rather, I paint how I feel when I am immersed in nature. I try to capture the giddy euphoria of standing amongst a riot of wildflowers, or the calm from resting in the quiet coolness of a pine forest. Painting how I feel, rather than what I see, also opens up the opportunity for the viewer to play a more active role in interpreting the work.

As spring ran into summer, my husband and I took a trip to the Forest of Dean to see some old friends of mine. It is an area of forest on the border between England and Wales. Entering the forest feels like transcending into another reality, full of silent pines, steep valleys, which fall away into fast-flowing rivers, and winding lanes, dotted with sheep. Humans are invaders here. This land belongs to itself. It belongs to creatures that prowl and creep, but which flee at the sound of footfall.

Murder ballads are gouged in the bark of the trees and in local memory. Witches and wizards abide in this land and it is evident why mystics are drawn to a place like this. I don’t believe in magic per se, but this is a place that whispers secrets. Branches stroke against the wanderer’s skin, only to spring back, with seeming indifference. The wind breathes amongst the spring fauna, like an ancient deity, blowing over a bottle top. And all the while, the ground is soaked in the heavy, earthy scent of pine.

We sat in our friend’s living room, fingers enfolded around cups of mint tea, deciding where to go. I hoped we would see bluebells.

We decided to go to May Hill and on the drive out, the forest floor was liberally peppered with cerulean blooms. At the edge of the road, the valley fell away in a tapestry of bluebells and wild garlic, with stark, thin pines sticking up through the riot of colour, like Giacometti sculptures. We bounced around in the back of our friend’s Nissan, down narrow lanes, through old mining towns. These places whispered the histories of their communities, united by back-breaking toil.

I remember the sky from that day. It was full of potbellied, cumulus clouds that hung low over the landscape. The rapeseed flowers were out in the fields below. We could see for miles, right out to the Welsh mountains, the khaki fields interspersed with neon yellow patches. All of it under an oxidised silver sky.

On our descent homewards, the sun shone through the heavy clouds, bathing the bluebells, in a warm, magic hour glow. We met two wild horses, who treated us with supercilious indifference.

This is the second of two paintings that were inspired by that day. My aim was to create a joyful, uplifting piece of work, which embraced the birth of spring. I mixed a vibrant, complementary colour palette of emerald, forest green, cerulean, indigo, turquoise and violet. It has a really rich, verdant quality. Copper leaf and antique gold acrylic paint add lustre and texture. Again, the splashes of paint create a sense of uplift, fertility and abundance. The viewer could be looking through a window to Wonderland, or Narnia, lending the work a fantastical quality. It possesses the beauty, energy and depth that I set out to achieve. The title, anagrams of ‘spring’, which eventually rearrange into the correct order, represent the resplendent disorder, the perfect imperfection, of the season.

The materials used in this painting are professional grade. Hanging hardware is included.

Due to its large size, this painting will be shipped securely in a crate.

Keywords: Acrylic, Blue, Bluebells, Spring, Canvas, Uplifting, Copper, Expressionism, Abstract, Gold, Green, Impressionism

Subjects: Abstract

Styles: Abstract, Abstract Expressionism, Expressionism, Fine Art, Impressionism

Mediums: Acrylic, Metal, Paint

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Abstract Art Prints, Abstract Art Prints, Abstract Expressionism Art Prints, Expressionism Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Impressionism Art Prints, Acrylic Art Prints, Metal Art Prints, Paint Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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