Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Surprised by early Daffodils

Daffodils in December ???     ...growing outside... just after Christmas. I could hardly believe it !

I mean daffodils growing outdoors...

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hope for New Year

the light shines on in the darkness  [oil painting c. Janet Driver

This was painted with the prologue of St John’s Gospel in mind:

“In the beginning...”

how can my mind fathom the depths of that phrase? 
I may be able to remember all the decades back into my childhood;
then trace back centuries through history
to when this gospel was written
but then I need to stretch my mind back through geological time...and even further  ...

so through slowly & meditatively painting this canvas
using several glaze layers to build up the depth of blue 
interspersed with spiralling colours...  
thinking of all the photos of early galaxies from the zooniverse website 
which challenge my horizons, stretching my mind over thousands of light years
of stars shining through chaos and dancing...
and light still shining on through the darkness...

hoping that this new year may bring more hope shining through the chaos of last year