• Gail Curry

The last ship, a spiritual journey

Moonlight and the history between my toes

The Last Ship

I make no secret of the fact I love the island of #Lindisfarne in #Northumberland and I consider it my #spiritual home in the broadest sense. It matters not how things are anywhere else, when I cross that causeway it's like having my soul hugged by an invisible force. It is not religious, as I am not, but I do embrace things I can't see, explain or understand.

This painting came out of a late night walk one #moonlit evening, #barefoot on the sand. That is my idea of luxury. It might be bloody cold but it's also very grounding and I never cease to wonder at those times how many people through history have walked on these sands? #Vikings, #pilgrims, day trippers, artists etc. etc. you can imagine I am sure.

My mind wandered in the moonlight and I envisaged the #lastship leaving, it's not a material ship but rather a spiritual one, setting sail, destination unknown, a spiritual being watches over it as it leaves, with the castle lighting the way to the open sea.

I began painting it the next day on a wood panel measuring 60 x 60 cm. It required moulding past to build up certain areas but I had other work I could get on with while that was drying. The photo below shows the process of building the painting.

the work in progress

Unlike the previous two works this one was slower to create, as it had numerous #layers to build and #carve into as well as dry. Working in #abstract for me is very much about how a painting feels, there is no reference photo to refer to, paint and #marks are made to accomplish a feeling. When I believed that feeling had been achieved I sat her on the easel and took a few steps away and I was satisfied that I had captured that toe curling moment in the moonlight.

Details from the panel

In the next post I have a Moonscape to share with you. Whatever happens in my studio I shall write about it here on my #blog so you can join me on the journey if you wish by subscribing, or following me on social media.

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