'Helmsley Walled Garden' and ‘Pots and Plants’

Someone once sent me a little saying in an anonymous ‘share a special part of a poem with a stranger’ project. It went something like this...

In the darkest part of the dark night - the light comes.

At the time I tossed it to one side dismissively as somehow not coming up to the mark in the profundity I was seeking. However, it stayed with me and came to mind again when I made the arduous journey from ‘Helmsley Walled Garden’ to ‘Pots and Plants ’.

I have struggled with the Helmsley Walled Garden painting for over two years; Spent hours and much paint on trying to get it right. It has been finished several times, but I was never happy with it. The bonfire came to mind, I lost faith in my ability as a painter.

I was eventually reminded of what I teach my students. “You must sometimes destroy what you are most attached to in an image to make it come alive.” It was only when I did this that the painting began to have vitality and strength. How greatly is painting a mirror of life. Authenticity in painting must come from deep inside, never from the surface. This new image has surprising new marks. It is clean and fresh alive and dynamic.

 Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

 Pots and Plants - work in progress

Pots and Plants - work in progress

 UPDATE - The finished painting!

UPDATE - The finished painting!

Emma George