towards the light …

This is the first in a set of paintings I’m working on, influenced by recent photographic images I took in the ancient stone passages and spiral staircase of a local medieval castle keep (see previous post ‘Shadow & light’) …

I’m so excited by this… what I have in mind is evoking the sensation of moving towards the light, through the palimpsest of time, stone and decay that have created this beautiful space.

(Acrylic/ink/charcoal on watercolour board, approx 20 x 30 inches.)

Towards the light © Mari French 2013

Towards the light © Mari French 2013

shadow & light …

 

shadow and light,

a fan of steps,

a stone vertebrae,

spiralling towards the sky

or plunging to earth.

spill of indigo, ochre, charcoal,

a symphony of grace.

steps worn smooth by the tread of centuries;

emerging into the sunshine of another day

or the dark chamber of another night.

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

Copyright Mari French


 

 (Impressions of the 12th century keep of Castle Rising, Norfolk.

Photos and text, copyright Mari French)

 

aqua alta (high water) …

a recent abstract piece (acrylic on canvas 80 x 80cm), very much influenced by memories of the Grand Canal in Venice in May this year.

Aqua Alta © Mari French 2013

Aqua Alta © Mari French 2013

Detail: Aqua Alta © Mari French 2013

Detail: Aqua Alta © Mari French 2013