Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Isle of Glass
I did this oil painting, ‘Isle of Glass’, in 2007.
The title refers to one of the names for the tor, Ynys Witrin .
It was inspired by the various legends and stories about Glastonbury.
I have referenced the Christian legacy with the crossed keys on the heraldic sun and the ruins of the abbey .
The unicorn and the eagle represent the chivalric and questing aspects of the Arthurian legends
The largest water drop was meant to also resemble a fish bowl. The diving figure is a back reference to a much earlier painting inspired by an observation gallery at a swimming pool.
I also wanted to play with paths and perception in this picture, as I tried to give the viewer several different paths to explore within it.
Until next time