Saturday, September 24, 2011

Those Blue Remembered Hills

Oil on board 38 cm x 48cm or 15 inches x 19 inches. SOLD
I have been busy painting, of course, to have some new work for London.  The Gallery and I are off to the big city in October to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair, so if you are in or around London on the weekend of October 21st come along and say hello.
This painting is from the trip to Provence, I was walking past the open door and suddenly saw a beautifully framed view and instantly thought of the Housman poem A Shropshire Lad and the line "What are those blue remembered hills,"  So as I had the title the painting had to follow.
My photographing of the painting leaves a bit to be desired, in reality the door is not bent!


Paola said...

This painting is beautiful! Well done!
Greetings from Italy!

Sue Pownall said...

I love this for the perspective, composition & colour.

Suzanne McDermott said...

I saw a Porch Full of Sun before this but was distracted before I could comment.

For me, with these paintings, you've met in oil the point of your best watercolors. I love the doorway theme, how you've captured the dark and light values, reflections, the inside and outside and more. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts and has created a narrative, too. Bravo.

I am obligated to comment because you've refereed to one of my most favorite poems. Because you haven't, I'll take the liberty of quoting in full (you know, it's short!)

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

—A Shropshire Lad, XL, A.E. Houseman

Sarah Wimperis said...

Thank you all three! And Suzanne, very thoughtful words and much appriciated, it's one of my favourites too!

Bridget Hunter said...

This is a beautiful painting in every regard - especially the colours.