The Winter collection

Winter? Winter without snow? What a loss! Snow is magical to most of us. Overnight it transforms the grey-brown muddy darkness into a wonderland of lightness and otherness!

It is extraordinary at how different the familiar becomes, how some things are hidden and others catch the eye with gloriously unexpected technicolour. (I’m thinking of snow in the country of course – but many painters have delighted in the city under snow.)

The last time we had proper snow in Dorset was 2015 I think? I remember it with longing… I want to see it NOW!

Trees in the Snow

These same trees appear in many of my paintings. They are on a very familiar walk. Each time I cross the road from my house onto the footpath that leads there, I think ‘what a blessing to live with this particular bit of nature… my feet know it, and the land knows my feet.’

Trees in the Snow

oil on canvas
60 x 90cms

£2975

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Winter Trees

This was painted in March – when the leaf buds are swelling and colouring up – the promise of things to come. This is the same group of trees as Trees in the Snow (above). They are on either side of a little stream trickling its way between these rounded hills.

Winter Trees

oil on canvas

60 x 90 cms

£3100

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Sol's Hill in the Snow

Solomon was our walking companion, his little paws knew the way, all the ways, smells and digging places.

‘Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift’ – Mary Oliver

A neighbour who shares the same walk with her dog, renamed the little hill after him. Finding names for paintings is difficult!

Sol’s Hill in the Snow

oil on canvas

80 x 80cms

£2550

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Cool Pond Reflected

I have painted the two ponds in our garden many many times over the years (an ecologist friend of ours says they are the best wildlife ponds he knows!) Aside from that I find them a constant source of surprise and interest. The reflection of sky in winter is a much colder colour and that is exciting and different, I like the cooler palette… soft greens.

Cool Pond Reflected

oil on canvas

70 x 90 cms

£2700

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Of course – images of winter must include cosy evenings, warming soups. … mince pies…….mid winter celebrations and festivities …. Dance !!!!

Dance

Wild Women Dancing with Snakes
Linocut on hand painted paper

30 x 20cm – £125.00

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Wild Women Dancing with Snakes
Linocut on hand painted paper

30 x 20cm – £125.00

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I was very interested and excited about dance. When I was at St Martins we had dancers from ’The Place’ to model for us. I love to dance myself and sometimes I dance whilst painting!

Ive made paintings about dance – the feeling of people doing something fun and meaningful together WITHOUT WORDS. It seems important. The wild women are just that; unfettered by convention or religion, dancing with snakes rather than treading on them like the Virgin Mary.

Wild Women Dancing with Snakes is a Lino cut. Its about joyful powerful women!

Kandi Dancers I
Woodcut on khadi paper

18 x 16cm – £115.00

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Kandi Dancers II

Woodcut on hand painted paper

18 x 16cm – £115.00

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Kandy Dancers (woodcut) a series of 50 on a hand painted background. The dancers were sketched while on holiday in Sri Lanka, and then used to inspire a series of prints.

The images shown here are all direct printing – ie a place is scored to provide a channel which will hold the ink. Every print is unique (unlike giclee which are produced by machine like posters magazines wallpaper – reproductions)

The Roe Deer

In the dawn’s early light, in the biggest snow of the year
Two blue-dark deer stood in the road, alerted.

They had happened into my dimension
The moment I was arriving just there.

They planted their 2 or 3 years of secret deerhood
Clear on my snowscreen vision of the abnormal

And hesitated in the all-way disintigration
And stared at me. And so for some lasting seconds

I could think the deer were waiting for me
To remember the password and sign

That the curtain had blown aside for a moment
And there where the trees were no longer trees, nor the road a road

 The deer had come for me.

 Then they ducked thru the hedge, and upright they rode their legs

Away downhill over snow-lonely field

Towards tree-dark–finally
Seeming to eddy and glide and fly away up

Into the boil of big flakes.
The snow took them and soon their nearby hoofprints as well.

 Revising its dawn inspiration
Back to the ordinary

Ted Hughes