Ancient and Neolithic Landscapes

5 Jul

Ancient and Neolithic Landscapes

Living near to Stonehenge and Avebury, not to mention the Roman settlement Aquae Sulis AKA Bath, has led to the idea of its history being deep in my soul.

Silbury Hill

Oil on board 457 X 356 mm £ 300
The last few days of May took me to this ancient site just outside Avebury.  A blustering day, the jackdaws glided effortlessly on the winds as an unseen skylark warbled.
I assume this hill was originally a mott and bailey castle which over time has slumped and become a victim of human erosion.  The actual hill does not stand as acutely as this now, but I have included the pathways worn into the hillside as a testament to human traffic and how it acts.

Available as a card

Fine art print

​Oil on board 457 X 356 mm £ 300

The last few days of May took me to this ancient site just outside Avebury.  I assume this hill had been used as a Mott and bailey castle at some points but believe it pre-dates this era.  The hill has over time slumped and become a victim of human erosion.  The actual hill does not stand as acutely as depicted in the painting, and there are pathways and slumping worn into the hillside as a testament to time and recent human traffic.

Avebury Causeway

The second in the Avebury series, this is the stone causeway leading south away from the main stone circles. Up as early as I, the jackdaws were already in the sky as was a half moon. It was just us and the sheep, what with it being 4:30 a.m.
Oil on board 500 X 500 cm

£ 350 including mount and wooden frame

Fine art prints

Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill – experienced

50 X 50 cms oil on board

There were still cowslips growing in the long grasses by the pathway.

Re-visitng the hill after the Avebury trip it was very early in the morning.  Maybe it was just the chill or tiredness, or maybe the song in the car about a spaceship and the wood pigeon keeping pace with me in the crystal skies – it all added up to an out of body experience.

£ 350 including mount and wooden frame

Stonehenge

The iconic Stonehenge in Amesbury.

I do not believe the ancient people who erected these stones worshipped the sun; more that they realised the importance of the effect of the seasons and how profoundly it affected their tenuous lives.  They were individually as intelligent as we are today, but without the benefit of our accumulated wisdom and access to technology.

The Henge has a double circle, originally fully topped with flat stones.  When the wind blew over them, they would have made a low reverberation of a sound, rather like that of a person blowing over the top of a bottle.  This coupled with instruments being played and the taking of hallucinogens would have combined to make quite an experience.  Looking at bone fragments found on site, it is estimated the Henge was a collaboration of people from far and wide, a concord of tribes showing what the human will can combine to create.  It was probable later people travelled from the continent to find magic and healing here.

Thomas Hardy wrote about the ominous sound the Henge made in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles when Tess is arrested by the police, hiding out in the centre.

In this painting, I have purposefully ‘pushed’ the Henge up by bending the ground to reach the sky in honour of the intentions of the clever and forward seeing folk who built it.

Oil on wooden board 37 X 20 cms approx.

Oils and ceramics, 2012

29 Aug
Working on an abstract series looking at the landscape where I live, these 50X50 and 60X60 oils are an emotional exploration.
 

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Sea Urchin

Mixed media ceramic

30X0 cm. oil on canvas

Cherry Blossom

Donated to a local charity, Super-Dream; aiming to send children with special needs to Disneyland, Paris.

Fangtooth, mixed media (sgraffito) original.

Five for Silver

mixed media ceramic

Lifeboat

Three Muses

40X50 cms oil on canvas
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