'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Owl Knows






















The Owl Knows
© Sue Wookey

Finally another painting to show you! This is an image that just came to me complete (as they sometimes do), and there is more to it than meets the eye. I know - it's a terrible pun. Although this is ostensibly a painting of an tawny owl peeping out between some autumnal oak branches, it is, in fact, yet another painting of the Tree of Life. Only it's a very little one seen in the owl's eye. So - what does the owl know? He knows that even though the leaves are about to fall and winter is coming, spring will follow and soon everything will be renewed. The Tree in his gaze is in full leaf. He also knows that the Tree of Life is not only something that we are all part of, but something within us, at the centre of our being. So he sees the Tree within and all the hope it brings.

The words around the border read:

Beloved, gaze in thine own heart,
The Holy Tree is growing there,
From Joy the holy branches start,
And all the trembling flowers they bear.
- W.B. Yeats.

This comes from a favourite poem of mine. You can find the full words here, or, if you like, hear the words beautifully set to music and sung by Loreena McKennitt on Youtube.

Limited edition giclee prints of The Owl Knows (made by my myself and I'm pretty fussy with the results) are now available on my website at Galley Hill Art.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Earth Pathways Diary 2011






















Three Running Hares
© Sue Wookey

The Earth Pathways 2011 Diary is out, and I feel very fortunate to have my Three Running Hares painting in it. I love this diary, full of inspiring paintings and words that help us connect with nature, the turning year and our spiritual responsibility to this world and to each other. It can be used as a diary, but I use it for all my to-do lists, so it gets well and truly written over. When do we never have too much to do?

You can read more about the diary on the Earth Pathways Website. There are even sample pages. See - it's irresistible.

I'm still painting like a mad thing, and will have two new ones to show you all soon. One has me completely puzzled and I'm still reaching for a title for it. I know - if I don't know what it's about, what hope everybody else? But maybe a flash of lightening will hit me before I get around to getting it scanned. The other painting is another owly one, but very different from 'Owl Dream' below. It's one of those images that you see in your mind's eye and then just have to get down on paper. What is it with all these owls? Maybe I'm haunted by the fact that I often hear them in the bridle-way trees at the end of my garden, but - because it's always dark when they come - I've never seen one.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Only the Moon and the Owls know...






















Owl Dream
© Sue Wookey

Another painting that started out as one thing and ended up as another. I wanted to paint something that was about dreams of flying but it came over all shamanistic and the little flying woman looked more and more owlish. After I finished the painting I discovered that owls are associated with spirit flights and journeys to the Otherworld. And of course, they are associated with the Moon. I guess one just had to be there....

So... it's ended up kinda wierd, but I love it. The words around the painting read:

Between dark fall and light rise,
between lost dreams and sudden waking,
the Stars dance the silver winding path
and only the Moon and the Owls know.

- Sue Wookey

I've got prints available at Galley Hill Art if anyone fancies a sweet little flying Owl-woman on their wall.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Heren Istarion

© Heren Istarion/Jef Murray

The 2011 Heren Istarion Calendar is now available for preorder and I'm thrilled to be featured in it again this year, alongside Jef Murray (who has painted the cover picture) and Anke Eissman. If you don't know their wonderful Tolkien work then follow the links to their webstes and take a look.

You will find full details about this beautifully put together calendar and how to order it here:


A bit about the calendar from the Heren Istarion Website:

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of The Northeast Tolkien Society we are happy to announce our 2011 Shire Calendar. 

Once again Phil "Parmastahir" Goss and his wonderful daughter Megan are steadily at work just in time for the Fall Holidays to create another wonderful calendar for us. Many of you, hopefully all of you, know Phil from his incredible Tolkien Calendar Collection, and website dedicated to it: 


The Compleat Gyde to Tolkien Calendars

In its 4th year, our Calendar has been blessed to have a special cover by the brilliant artist Jef Murray.  The reflective nature of Gandalf and Frodo as they look upon the Shire is perfection.  The Northeast Tolkien Society is very grateful to have had such a wonderful community and member support in the past 10 years, and looking ahead we hope to continue being the Tolkien community in the New York City area. 
 

For our Shire Calendar format we are fortunate to feature the work of Anke Eissman and Sue Wookey, and a special 10th Anniversary centerfold illustration by Catherine Sparsidis to accompany our 10th Anniversary narrative.
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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Hertfordshire Open Studios


It's Open Studios time again, this time with the Hertfordshire Visual Arts Forum, or HVAF for short. Five of us are exhibiting at Artscape Artshop in Harpenden, where the owner has kindly allowed us (yet again) to use a large first floor room. You'll find all the details on the poster above if you clicky-clicky on it, but there is one amendment - we won't now be open on Friday mornings.

Open Studios is a great opportunity to meet artists and learn about their work and if you live in the Hertfordshire area it's worth checking out the full brochure here. Just click on the different areas listed on the blue menu, which runs along the top, for the full programme.

We had great fun hanging our exhibition on Tuesday - there are lots of different types of surfaces to hang onto at the venue and it's easy to start getting fixated on fixings, but it all got put up in the end. You just have to accept that it's impossible to get everything straight in this life. I think straight pictures must be one of the rewards that artists get in heaven, along with masking fluid that doesn't bung up your brushes and Private Views with more than 10 people at them.
















My pictures, not looking in the least bit straight
© Sue Wookey

Just to jazz things up, I have moody black and white photos hanging this year, along with the paintings. Variety is the spice of life.

If any of you have an idle moment and want to come along and heckle while we try to paint then it would be lovely to see you. You may feel the overwhelming compulsion to straighten a picture....

Friday, 20 August 2010

Festival in the Shire

© The Festival in the Shire TM

Well, I'm back - not to the Shire but from it. 'It' being three days of Tolkien filled fun in Wales. If you've been following this blog you'll know I was exhibiting in the Art Exhibition there and have come back thrilled to be hanging amongst such terrific art. I've decided I should give up painting fantastic trees after seeing Rodney Matthews' 'Old Man Willow' but I guess I'll just have to do better! I have to thank the volunteer organisers for hanging my work and setting up my prints and cards for me in the Festival Shop. You were heroic.

I also had a new print there - yet another Tolkien painting I did a while ago but never got around to making a print of - Gollum:























Gollum
© Sue Wookey

Gollum is looking somewhat freaky here, he's seen reaching out for the Ring while reflected in the Ring itself. An image showing him trapped by it's power. The Ring is also seen reflected back in his eyes and to add to the tension, the Eye is looking out from the centre of the Ring. Enough to give anyone bad dreams! The limited edition giclee prints are available now from Galley Hill Art.

All in all I was very pleased with how the exhibiting went and sold enough prints and cards to feel reassured that my work was enjoyed.

BUT - it wasn't all exhibiting, of course. There was a fantastic Conference where papers were given by (amongst others) Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, John Garth, Colin Duriez and Cary Olsen. I admit I was in seventh heaven (is there an eighth heaven? I might have been there too...). I learnt so much, there was plenty of laughter along with the scholarship (did I mention Tom Shippey?) and one talk that I will never forget from John Garth, who read a very carefully put together series of excerpts of the letters of Tolkien's great TCBS friend, Robert Gilson. Gilson's niece was in the audience as we followed his time at school with Tolkien, through to his army training, journey to the Front, his hopes and fears. Gilson died in the first major push at the opening of the Battle of the Somme and hearing his own words as he prepared for battle in the horrific mud of the trenches, was unbearably moving. I'm hoping, like everyone at the talk, that there will be a book so that these very well written letters can be shared.

















The main speakers:
L to R: Olsen, Dimitra Fimi, Garth, Flieger, Shippey, Duriez, Alex Lewis (hidden), Colin Manlov and Ruth Lacon.
© Sue Wookey

Outside the Conference there were many other smaller talks, music, storytelling - how wonderful to hear Beren and Luthien told out loud from memory! - and re-enactments. All this and beautiful scenery too!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Yet another Tree of Life






















The Golden Seed
© Sue Wookey

And yet another attempt at Life, the Universe and Everything. One day I'll stop painting the Tree of Life.... OK, you're right, I probably won't! I think there are several Trees left in me yet. Maybe an entire Forest.

This painting started off as an attempt to create a less stylised Tree. Really worked, huh? Once again we have the balance of opposites within the Tree (which of course represents all Creation), but this Tree is bearing suns and moons as its fruit. It's springing up in all it's profusion from a small version of the simple Indian Tree I painted a couple of years ago, based on an ancient Chola Bronze. A simple archetype from which an endless variety constantly evolves. Today I read the words of someone who compared the manifest universe to God's clothes, a glorious robe through which we can see Him and which also envelopes us. Makes it even more important that we don't pick holes in it, eh?

The words around the border are from the Shvetashvatara Upanishad and read:

He is the One who presides over all
and rules over everyone from within.
He sows the golden seed of life when time begins
and helps us know its unity.

Prints (in glorious technicolour) of  The Golden Seed are available from my website at Galley Hill Art

Friday, 9 July 2010

It's all about Tolkien...






















Tom looks through the Ring
© Sue Wookey

It's all go on the Tokien front at the moment. Not only have I FINALLY made prints of Tom looks through the Ring (it's only taken me a couple of years....), but I'm exhibiting in August at the Festival in the Shire, a huge Tolkien event talking place at Pafiliwn Bont, Wales, from the 13th to the 15th August, 2010.

From the Festival Site: This will be the most comprehensive event ever held for the fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, with a conference, a fan exposition of original art, rare books and memorabilia as well as a large festival with stalls and entertainment.

Sounds like something for everyone!

As well as the originals, which you can see at the exhibition and which won't be for sale because I can't bear to part with them, there will be prints available in the Festival Shop, (including my overdue Tom looks through the Ring). There will be many more Tolkien inspired artists at the event and, for those with tickets for the Conference, a chance to hear Tom Shippey (can you see me genuflecting?) Verlyn Flieger and John Garth speaking.

For more info about Festival in the Shire, visit the website at http://www.festivalintheshire.com/ or contact info@FestivalintheShire.com or freephone 0800 6125469.

And while we're on the subject of Tolkien, my Glaurung's Death Throes is currently thrashing about on the cover of the latest issue of Mallorn, thanks to Henry Gee:

© Sue Wookey/Mallorn

Very fiery and splendid he looks too..... Glauring that is. So, with the Festival coming up fast I really must get down to making more prints, making cards....worshiping Tom Shippey...doing another new Tolkien painting. Maybe I'll even get down to painting Aragorn with the Palantir, which I sketched out over a year ago and which has been in artistic limbo ever since. It would be good to have an Aragorn at the Festival. I can't wait! Did I mention Tom Shippey.......?

Friday, 2 July 2010

I believe in Angels....






















Michael
© Sue Wookey

I've been meaning to tackle Michael for some time (not literally. I think in a one-to-one bout with the Prince of Light, I'd definitely come of worse). But how do you paint an Archangel? Aren't they a bit, well, Archy? So it took me quite a while to find a way around the whole man-with-wings thing. I wanted to represent him because of his association with Skellig Michael, Kerry, St Michael's Mount and Mont San Michel, and that whole remarkable alignment that stretches to Monte Gargano in Italy (also founded and dedicated to Michael) and beyond. An Angel of fire and light who appears in visions on rocky hilltops...

I've used his symbol of the sun twice - the real thing blazing away in the background and a symbolic one in the foreground - and you can also see his sword and a balance (another of his symbols as the Weigher of Souls). His wing is like a great feathery rainbow - fitting for his role as Protector of Mankind. You don't mess with Michael. There is a belief that if you are touched by angels they leave a white feather behind as a sign and so I have plenty of them floating around!

The words around the painting are Michael's names and titles, and read:

Michael, Prince of Light, Quis ut Deus? Protector of Mankind, Guide and Herald.

Prints of 'Michael' are available from www.galleyhillart.com

Friday, 25 June 2010

'Blow wind and crack your cheeks...'















Art lovers braving the freezing north wind
© Sue Wookey

Well - I've now had my own blasted heath moment doing Art on the Common in Harpenden last weekend along with fellow artist Teresa Kirkpatrick (she has her own account here) and her trusty partner Jon who has more than earned his Artist's Assistant Gold Medal. Boy was it windy on Saturday. And cold. And rather scary. Although we had our gazebo roped and weighted down it was leaning at a very unfortunate angle as the north wind buffeted it. Sometimes it took all three of us to hold it up. And I spent the day wrapped up in a fleece and coat and I was STILL cold. Ah... the joys of a British Summer. Still, we stuck it out in a bloody-minded British sort of way.

















Our gazebo looking surprisingly upright
© Sue Wookey

On the Sunday we tied the gazebo down with enough string to wrap a herd of elephants and I wore a jumper. And the sun came out and blasted us in the inferno of our south-facing gazebo until I was reduced to a sun hat and factor 50 sun cream. Lucky I didn't have to plaster it all over my arms because of the Jumper. I now know how a Christmas Turkey feels. Frozen solid, gently defrosted overnight, then blasted in the oven until your skin is nice and crispy. Michaelangelo had years lying on his back painting the Sistine Ceiling and we had our 'suffering for art' baptism in the frozen wastes and searing desert of Harpenden Common. Ah.... just kidding. I think Michaelangelo wins that one.
















Some of our stuff before the wind knocked half of it over
© Sue Wookey

But - it was HUGE fun. We'll definitely do it again next year (and probably be better prepared). It was wonderful to meet so many art loving people, encouraging to hear their comments and sell stuff, and (even better) we had a nice cheque to give to Cancer Research at the end of it. I wouldn't have spent the weekend any other way!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Bedfordshire Open Studios


It's Open Studios time again and throughout June artists all over Bedfordshire will be opening their studios, demonstrating and exhibiting their work. I'll be sharing an exhibition at the Red Dot Gallery in Icknield High School, along with painters Celia Glyde Husband, Jan Drury, Hannah Spirito and Dawn Iles, mosaic artist Dionne Ible, and mixed media and collage artist Vanessa Lee. The Red Dot Gallery is a fantastic venue and there will be a wide range of styles and media - something for everyone!

Our exhibition will be open on Sat - Wed 12-16 June, Sat - Wed 19-23 June and Sat - Wed 26-30 June. Weekends 10 - 4pm and weekdays 11 - 3pm. On each day there will be at least one artist there to greet you and talk about the work. I'll be there myself on the 12th, 15-16th and 22-23rd and possibly some other days too. You can find out more about the Artists Network and Bedfordshire Open Studios here at the ANB website. There is more information about the Red Dot Gallery here.

It would be lovely to see some of you there - this is a great opportunity to find out how artists work in a variety of media, so stop by for a chat :- )

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Happy Birthday, Universe...

























Cradle of Life
© Sue Wookey

It's a bit ambitious to paint the start of Life, The Universe and Everything but, hey, what's to lose? This painting is based on the ancient and complex symbol of the Vesica Piscis - two interlocking circles of the same radius which create a Mandorla (or almond) in the enclosed space between them. See Wikipedia here for more. It looks simple but the shape is the basis of sacred geometry, the mathematical creation of the 6 platonic solids and the symbols of the Seed of Life and the Flower of Life. For more on Sacred Geometry see here. The Vesica Piscis and the various forms that spring from it are found in many places and religions around the world. You can see a well known example on the cover of the Chalice Well in Glastonbury (that's a dreadful pun...).

I've painted it exploding with the Birth of Life, with the elements of  Earth, Air, Fire and Water and also managed to bung in the Sun, Moon, Earth and Stars (once can never paint too many moons...). By applying some of the rules of sacred geometry we get a great cosmic eye in the middle. Think cells dividing, atoms spinning and 'Thus spake Zarathustra' playing very loudly in the background.

The words around the border are an ancient Hindu text:

Fire is his head, the sun and moon his eyes, 
the heavens his ears, the scriptures his voice, 
the air his breath, the universe his heart,
and the earth his footrest. The Lord of Love 
is the innermost Self of all. 
- Mundaka Upanishad

If you haven't read the Upanishads you haven't lived.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Treebeard prints now available!

Limited edition, signed giclee Prints of Treebeard are now available from Galley Hill Art. It was quite a task getting all the subtle shades of green, grey and brown just right on the print but I finally got there after I don't know how many attempts! As Treebeard would say, 'Don't be hasty'.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Treebeard

Treebeard
© Sue Wookey

I've finally painted my Treebeard and am hoping to have prints available of him at Galley Hill Art very soon (next week, hopefully!). This is Treebeard on the knoll where he encounters Merry and Pippin, and I've tried to capture his quizzical look as he takes in the Hobbits. I've stuck with Tolkien's description on him as 'Man-like, almost Troll-like' as there is always the question of what to do with Treebeard's legs if you make him too like a tree. Knee caps in great big tree trunks just don't cut it. He's maybe not as 'sturdy' as Tolkien had in mind - more wiry, but I wanted him sort of 'twiggy' and showing his extreme age. His 'trunk' could be clothes or could be skin. I'm hoping he's a fit partner for my Fimbrethil, despite the ages and leagues that divide them!

'Together we will take the road that leads into the West,
And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest.'
- JRR Tolkien

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Haring around at Easter

























Eostre's Moon
© Sue Wookey

Another new painting with some of my favourite bits and pieces in it - the moon, the trojan maze, a megalithic temple and a leaping hare. Amazing how I somehow manage to bung them all together...

To lead you around the maze of symbols I've created, the sliver of the New Moon is ready to be reborn where it will follow it's winding path to completeness. And the leaping hare represents the spring goddess Eostre who was associated with the renewal of life and the spring equinox. She also liked letting her inner Hare do it's thing and may be the real source of the Easter Bunny. The fact we know anything at all about this nearly forgotten goddess is down to the Venerable Bede who told us that April was Eostra's month. I love the idea of her dancing for joy as the world is renewed with the coming of spring.

My poem around the border reads:

Spring hare, silvered messenger,
dancing between sky and earth,
where does the slivered moon hide
to fill her shell for birth?

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Aim at the Gallery

Another exhibition - this time with the ANB (Artists Network Bedfordshire) who are exhibiting at the AIM Gallery, Milton Keynes until the 24th April. The Gallery is very easy to find as it faces Waitrose in the main shopping area and it has plenty of parking in front of it. I'm showing 'The Road' and 'Tree of Transformation' which has pretty much cleared me out. I now have more paintings hanging about bits of Bedfordshire than I have at home! It's nice not to be shuffling them about the place.

'A springtime show that continues the year with a fresh and dynamic selection of works by a variety of artists and crafts people from across Bedfordshire'.

You will find the Gallery at 759 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3BG, tel: 01908 674069.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

New paintings at B Gallery

























Skellig Michael, Kerry
© Sue Wookey

I've been to b Gallery in Toddington this week and changed around my paintings so it's all nice and fresh and new. My 'Green Man' is there, glowering at visitors, along with 'Balance' and my newest one 'Skellig Michael' (above). And mine isn't the only new stuff there - there are several artists and photographers exhibiting at b Gallery for the first time and, to jazz things up even further, many of the other established artists have also changed their work around. Well worth another trip as the Gallery just gets better and better.

Best of all, visit on their Gala Day on Saturday 17th April where there will be several artists demonstrating throughout the day along with drinks and nibbles. There are well attended and a lot of fun! You'll find the b Gallery at The Old Town Hall, Market Square, Toddington, Beds LU5 6QJ, just off M1 J12. info@bgallery.co.uk

Now on to the painting! Here is a bit about Skellig Michael from the Galley Hill Art Website:

Skellig Michael (Michael's Rock) is one of the world's most amazing places - the site of a tiny 7th century monastic community whose beehive huts cling to the top of the sheer rock, 9 miles off the coast of Kerry. It is also the start of the great Apollo-Athena line that links the island with distant Megiddo, taking in countless sites dedicated to Michael, and the ancient oracular centres of Delphi, Athens and Delos along it's way. I've depicted the crossing of 'Apollo' and 'Athena', and in the doorway of the hut can be seen another cross - the ancient island one that has worn down almost into a figure. The words around the border read:

Still you meet on Michael's Rock, Mother Moon and Father Sun, and dance the old and winding dance until all days are done. - Sue Wookey.

A mysterious painting for a mysterious place. Isn't the old cross rather spooky in the doorway?

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

6 Degrees Exhibition, AiR Gallery


 How everyone is a new door, opening into other worlds.' - John Guare

I'll be exhibiting Raven and the Sun at the AiR Gallery at Barnfield South Academy, Luton, throughout April. The exhibition is called 6 Degrees and is 'An exhibition of the creative talents of the local, the national and the international'. It's only a small gallery but is a beautiful space and the exhibition should be really interesting. The Gallery is usually used to showcase the considerable artistic talents of the Students of Barnfield South Academy.

You'll find the Air Gallery at Barnfield South Academy, Cutenhoe Road, Luton LU1 3NH and is just off the M1.

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Green Man gets going


The Green Man Ready For Battle
© Sue Wookey

This is another of those paintings that ran off and did it's own thing.  It started as a perfectly reasonable 'Green Man', that woody spirit of all things green and growing that puts his pagan stamp on churches up and down the country. But the leaves he's spouting wanted to form a helmet and as he went on he got more and more militant, spewing brick destroying ivy and wearing a sprouting seed as an emblem on his forehead. The sort that comes up in your concrete path and gives it what for. I'm not sure I like the look in his eye and the vast array of bugs he's sheltering. I think this is the Green Man very definitely taking a long look at 2010 and getting ready to demonstrate that Nature can be battered but in the end it always wins. And thank goodness for that.

The words around the painting read:

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with the fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze - Thomas Carlyle.

Wise words to take to heart next time you see a new mall popping up where you used to look for fairies when a kid.

Monday, 15 February 2010

More moody trees

 

















Winter Trees
© Sue Wookey

I've added another photo to Galley Hill Art and as you can see, I'm still feeding my tree obsession. It could because they don't move when you try to take the picture (as far as we know...), but don't they just look beautiful with the fading late afternoon winter light behind them? This was a magical walk in the fields behind Galley Hill and the tree's shadows were reaching into the distance across the ploughed furrows behind me. I have some photos of those too, so watch this space. I also have a new painting to post in a few days, if I can ever get the colours right for printing. There really are too many different greens. Green is the new blue (which I was ranting about here several months ago).

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

I'm going out and I may be some time....


Snowy Day 1
© Sue Wookey

I've added another of my black and white photographs to my website. This was taken in the recent 'big freeze' and although it was definitely freezing and sometimes very scary, it was also very beautiful. I went for a long walk on a day so white that  the trees and hedges were the only features. At one point I thought I'd take a short cut back along the bottom of the hill, which turned out to be one of those crazy off-piste moments. After slogging through pathless tracts of drift, and realising that I'd never get up the hill but had to keep plodding along the base of it, I had one of those moments when you beat yourself over the head with your own thermals for being such a numpty. The photo was taken long before I achieved complete meltdown somewhere in the frozen wastes you can see off in the distance.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

It's all about balance...

 
Balance
© Sue Wookey
Here is the first of several new paintings that I'll be posting over the next few weeks. Yes - it's the Tree of Life (again!) but this is one of those paintings that has wilfully gone off in its own direction. To be honest, for a day or so I had no idea why there were so many circles around and underneath the Tree apart from the fact that they somehow looked 'right'. The title just popped into my head and as soon as I had the title I began to understand the painting. This ought to be the wrong way round to do things but somehow it works for me. I think that it means that all life is delicately balanced on a fragile support, take it too far one way or the other and everything is off kilter. This applies as much to nature as to ourselves and the way we live in the world. It also applies to our inner harmony. Nothing in excess as the old adage goes. Weirdly I feel as though my own painting is wagging a finger at me and I resolve to be more... well.... harmonious.

I hope to have prints of this available at Galley Hill Art in a few days :-)

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Photography roots


Beech Trees, Sharpenhoe
© Sue Wookey

I've opened a new section at Galley Hill Art for black and white photography, my first love from the days when I worked with it at the BBC Hulton (now glorified via several sales and incarnations into the world's biggest picture agency). I'm steadily going to build up a selection of limited edition black and white giclee prints of some of my photographs (more enduring than a photographic print which will only fade and annoy you hugely). I have a horrible feeling that they are nearly all going to be of trees. Going back through all my photos I seem to have a serious tree obsession going on. How very Tolkien.

The trees above are giant beech trees growing over the bank of an iron age promotory hillfort on Sharpenhoe Clappers, which is part of the Chiltern range in Bedfordshire. I have so many photos of the Clappers you wouldn't believe. Anyway, the gnarled roots of this old tree look amazing, curling over the earth bank in a mass of knots. I'm sure this tree must walk about at night going 'hoom hoom'.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Remember Fimbrethil?


























Fimbrethil © Sue Wookey

I've finally got around to making prints of this painting. Like Treebeard I've been less than hasty! They're now available from Galley Hill Art .
And there are quite a few new paintings to come when I get around to having them scanned!