Smell of damp smoke still in the air from the recent swaling of the gorse. Sun shining, cold wind. The networks of animal tracks and footpaths have left a series of yellow ochre crosses and circles between the blackened areas. Silver-grey "blacksticks" against the warm yellow and rust peaty purple ground cover.
Visited Kitty Jay's grave. An unmarried girl was abandoned by her lover when she found she was pregnant, she was cast out by the village resulting in her hanging herself. It was custom to bury someone who had "bad blood" on a cross roads outside of the village, this was an attempt to confuse the evil spirits. The simple grass mound and granite headstone is near Hound Tor and every day someone leaves flowers and visitors leave tokens. The lover is said to grieve at the graveside at night unable to find peace.
It is a very sad place to visit, I find the items left every day fascinating. I may do a series of pieces related to burial sites. The painting below is based on Kitty Jay, not sure about the palette, too bright and unfamiliar for me. I prefer the black and white version which would suggest a simpler tonal range of colours may be better. I can see it working as a large collagraph and carborundum piece.
The image itself reminds me of an Egyptian sarcophagus, the headstone has taken on a head dress appearance and the flowers and items on the grave look like the canopic burial pots.
Kestor - Stone Rows - Logan Stone - Batsworthy Corner
A great area with a lot of archaeological remains such as double stone rows, burial mounds and standing stones. Another beautifully sunny day, cold easterly wind, lots of 10 Tors training groups out today.
Acrylic paintings from memories of last Dartmoor walk. These are very small, only 10 x 10cm, I am trying to imagine if they were 100 x 100 cm, would they work? The larger marks on the small scale are very satisfying, to get that on a big scale I would have to use a massive brush, I have some large decorating brushes that may do it.
I have just ordered some VERY large canvasses from T.P Stretchers in St. Just at the recommendation of Gareth Edwards - mentor. Feeling very excited about creating some large paintings. Printmaking has limited my scale, without really noticing my work has got smaller and smaller. I look back to 10 years ago when I first started learning to paint and I was working on metre square canvasses with gusto.