Moon Gazing Picture

My work is heavily influenced by growing up in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. I have always loved reading tales from British folklore and mythology. Full of magic, mystery and sometimes humour, these tales were often told in an attempt to give meaning to the unexplained. For example, barn owls have been linked to Irish tales of banshees; women who wailed in the night to foretell certain doom. If you close your eyes and listen to the screech of a barn owl, it’s easy to image how terrified an unsuspecting passer by could have been by that unearthly sound! Each of my pieces celebrates the rich folklore attached to different British animals. I am no expert in the subject but these are the stories discovered through books, articles and word of mouth that have captured my imagination.

I begin each illustration by mapping it out in pencil before working over the top with dip pen and Chinese ink. Once this outline is completed, I then build up many layers of dip pen and washes of black ink. Chinese ink is not waterproof, so I have to wait for these layers to dry completely before adding any colour. Once this time has passed, I then add washes of watercolour to the image, using watercolour pencil to add more detail. Finally, I use charcoal over the top of the ink and watercolour to add extra depth and texture to the artwork. This process takes many days, with each image in the exhibition consisting of at least ten layers of ink, paint, pencil and charcoal.

'Moon Gazing'
There are stories linking the hare and the moon from all over the world.

The hare was believed to be the sacred beast of an Ancient Saxon goddess, Eostre. These mysterious creatures come out at night when the moon is full and became associated with life and re-birth.

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