I paint because I have always loved it, painting for me is like breathing.
I paint often in my home county of Somerset and before, Wiltshire. It's stunningly beautiful with a vast, ever-changing sky, changeable weather, fields, rivers, coastline, planes and woodland. It is this energy, these colours this sense of place that I try to capture.
I paint in oils, I love the colours, their buttery consistency, and the smell. I love moving it around on a canvas, often without a plan, just a collection of carefully chosen colours on my palette to start and a memory of a place: a mood, a Winter sky, glowing seed-heads drifting across a meadow on a gloomy day, colours of fields near and far. Then without rational thought, I paint. Intuitively laying down colours, making marks to explain the essence of a place.
With my later abstract florals, I explore my relationship with flowers their colours and shapes. But the paintings are not just flowers they are symbolic of a mood, a feeling, an emotion. I have grown and photographed flowers for decades to me they are magical, beautiful, life-giving. I am always reminded of this quote, often shortened but here more profound as the writer intended:
“Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
Who steer the plough but cannot steer their feet
Clear of the grave.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
The earth rules us and I respect that.
©Lynn Keddie 2018