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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Animals - fantastical and fantastic!

I have work in two exhibitions at the moment, one celebrating the natural world and one celebrating the fantastical!

I have three of my animal paintings at the Our Wonderful Natural World exhibition at the Peter Ingram Gallery, Frogmore Mill, supporting a very worthy local cause - saving Butterfly World. When I arrived someone said 'Ah, the hare lady'. I was about to protest that I do paint other things, then remembered that all three paintings I had with me feature... hares.

Our Wonderful Natural Environment
29 June - 6 July
an art exhibition by artists supporting
SAVE BUTTERFLY WORLD

11am - 4pm 
Frogmore Paper Mill
Fourdrinier Way, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RY

I also have two paintings (no hares...) plus various prints and cards at Obsidian Art for a fun exhibition featuring fantastical and fantastic creatures. The exhibition celebrates Aylesbury's first Children's Literary Festival.

Fantastic Creatures
30 June - 3 September
Obsidian Art

Obsidian Art
Layby Farm
Old Risborough Rd
Stoke Mandeville
Aylesbury HP22 5XJ, UK

Friday, 2 June 2017

Art on the Common



Rain or shine I'll be on Harpenden Common once again this year with fellow artists Teresa Newham and Hilary Taylor with a mix of originals, print, and cards. There are lots of wonderful (and hardy!) local artists taking part in support of Cancer Research UK. Art on the Common has been running for 30 years and the weather has never stopped us yet. Apart from one really bad Sunday when we had a monsoon, but we won't go there. This year it will be sun all the way and our gazebo will stay up!


Art on the Common
10 - 11 June
Harpenden Common
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Two new paintings!

Tawny Autumn by Sue Wookey
Two new paintings which I've realised that I haven't blogged yet! Tawny Autumn shows a tawny owl in full flight in front of a massive harvest moon. Although we are now well into the joys of spring only autumn colours will do for a tawny owl. I've had a 'tawny with the moon' portrait in my head for a long time now, as part of my series of Moon Animals, but somehow it just wanted to fly, so the owl got smaller and the moon got more important. I'll be showing the original at the Kimpton Art Show later this month:

28th April - 1st May 2017
Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Kimpton, Herts


This is a wonderful local exhibition which features a wide range of art in Kimpton's beautiful old parish church. You also get the Kimpton May Festival thrown in as part of the fun!

Heart of the Yew by Sue Wookey
My second painting, Heart of the Yew, shows an Ancient Yew's gnarled and split trunk, showing us its heart and inner life. Bright berries and evergreen leaves surround it to show that the Yew symbolises eternal renewal. As it seemingly dies in the middle, the Yew grows ever outward, rebuilding its trunk from the outside and re-rooting itself into the ground with its hanging branches. The oldest and wisest of trees. Behind it life's endless cycles are shown by a dark, crescent and full moon. I've written my usual four line verse to go around the border:

Seek the blessings of the Ancient Yew,
whose gifts are old but ever renewed.
whose heart first grew as the tall stones rose,
now hollowed as a grail for you. - SW

Fine Art Prints of both paintings are already available from my website www.suewookey.com.
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Earth Dragon

'Earth Dragon' by Sue Wookey
It was about time I painted a dragon but I had no idea it would take so long to hatch! The design was really quick - I knew I wanted it to be an Earth Dragon all spiralled up as though emerging from a deep pool of fiery light. Dragon then went through a long phase when it was 'finished', but not finished as I kept staring at it and wondering what it was that I wasn't quite satisfied with. Sometimes it's something as simple as the balance and depth of colour not being quite zingy enough, so Dragon had to go back for a few more washes. And the painting was done...

...but, the words! They took forever. This was a surprise as I have quite a deep feeling about land dragons and earth energy, but somehow getting that feeling into four lines proved nearly impossible. I suppose I should have expected it as I don't believe dragon eggs hatch quickly, no matter how much you stare at them. Eventually a crack appeared and I came up with the following:

Have you felt the call of dawn's first fire,
unfurling still through Earth's deep seams,
the Dragon's song of star and stone
and Merlin's lost and tangled dreams.

Phew. Got there in the end. In case you are wondering, after some musing and a short Facebook debate, we are all agreed this is a Mrs Dragon. Expect more eggs.

Prints will be available as soon as my PC is properly mended (!) from my website at www.suewookey.com
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