Tuesday, 19 January 2010

To Her Heart …




I explained in the previous post how I recently set myself up in a beautiful graveyard, observing rooks coming and going from their rookery - and painting a study of them.

Here is the completed studio painting, the photograph above showing the whole painting - and the one below a detail.

The whole experience was quite a powerful one. Despite the expectation that spending time in a graveyard, with the morbid cawing of rooks for company, might be somehow depressing - I found the whole interlude both comforting and reassuring.

We all have to face death at some time, our own, or that of a loved one. The time I spent in the graveyard gave me an opportunity to consider this, while working on a painting.

I titled the work To her heart, bidding it have no fear, an adaptation of the title of a poem by W B Yeats, to reflect the thoughts I had while completing it.

4 comments:

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

I keep coming back to this page, as your work has taken a new turn and I'm enthralled by the images you have uploaded. Glad you gave us some background too as the words fill in the story nicely.. Looking forward to more :)

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Chris.
I've been painting outside on the riverbank today.
Perfect working conditions; no rain or harsh winds. Will upload photos of the start of the painting soon...the canvases are getting bigger!

Art by Colugnatti said...

beautiful work!congratulations!

Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

I'll look forward to seeing even bigger canvasses!.. You'll be needing staff to carry your equipment around at this rate!