A single tree hosting red flowers is standing in a dark but colourful landscape with bright, long, energetic grasses in the foreground and behind a calm vista opening out with a bright yellow field to the middle right. From the centre of the tree energy lines rise up containing subtle brushstrokes which are visible in strong light. There is a suggestion of a female figure in the shape of the tree, in its flwing curvaceous swirling pose. I was also thinking of the Irish 'St. Brigid's Cross' that I used to weave from rushes when I was young.
I love the idea of a 'dark landscape' which was usually a backdrop to my figures, who, up until 2013, tended to dominate the images that I created. Now landscape has become more and more something that I paint in its own right and here, the tree holds centre stage.
But one day I was driving along and upon hearing a poem called *The Bright Field by R.S. Thomas read out on BBC Radio4's 'Poetry Please,' I thought that the title was just the touch to finish off the painting, so I added yellow field in the distance.
It is framed with a simple black frame along the edges of the canvas.
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* The Bright Field by R S Thomas:
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field for a while,
and gone my way and forgotten it.
But that was the pearl of great price,
the one field that had treasure in it.
I realise now that I must give all that I have
to possess it.
Life is not hurrying on to a receding future,
nor hankering after an imagined past.
It is the turning aside like Moses
to the miracle of the lit bush,
to a brightness that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you."