Ahoy there! This painting celebrates the poetry of the shipping forecast, a great British institution. As well as prints, available here, I also have greetings cards, coasters, and tea towels of this award-winning painting!
High quality poster/print of an original painting on 200gsm archival quality paper, printed with UV stable inks and signed by the artist. Comes to you wrapped and rolled in a sturdy postal pack. Price includes P&P to UK addresses.
Choose either A1 size 594 x 841mm or A2 420 x 594mm
The original painting in watercolour on 600gsm Arches 100% cotton rag paper, size A1 has already found a home.A2 size prints, signed by the artist. Price includes P&P to UK addresses.
A digital file of this painting is available for you to make a single print at a format and size of your choice. Read more...
This painting is also available as a tea towel.
Journey Around the Sun is a painting of entire calendar year, charting the seasons month by month, as Mother Earth does a complete orbit around the sun. Pagans might call it The Wheel of the Year.
The Earth revolving tilted on its axis causes the seasons, and all living things must adapt to each season and take advantage of what they bring. My painting features some of the natural wonders and folk traditions of each month.
Note: My painting charts the passage of the Earth’s Journey Around the Sun from the point of view of someone living in the Northern Hemisphere. Apologies to Southern Hemisphere dwellers!
January I start with the two faces of the Roman god Janus, who looks both forward and back, after whom the month is named. A snowdrop flower fairy – a figure from Cicely Mary Barker – greets the first flowers of the year. A red fox calls for a mate – they do this into February.
February February begins with the Celtic festival of Imbolc – represented in my painting by a St Brigid’s Cross, The candle represents the Christian festival of Candlemas. Song thrushes begin to sing, and if you’re lucky you’ll spot the first primroses.
March In February and into March, frogs begin to pair up and spawn. Ewes begin to give birth to their lambs, and celandines, such charming little yellow flowers begin to bloom. Brown hares begin boxing and mating. Spring equinox on about 2oth March is an important date for many cultures.
April The lengthening days bring swallows as they return from Africa to breed. I usually see my first swallow in mid April – often on my birthday. The bluebells begin ringing in the woods, and many birds begin nesting. The oaks begin to come into leaf. Blossoms emerge. It’s an exciting time of year!
May May Day is marked with traditions festivals and events, such as Obby Oss in Padstow and Morris Dancing. Chicks begin to fledge, and the hawthorn blossom lights up hedgerows!
June In early June the dog roses flower. Midsummer day – the longest day – has celebrated by humans in almost every culture. In my painting, I have depicted Stonehenge, and also a Swedish maypole in the shape of St John’s cross. Midsommar is an importatnt festival to Swedes! It’s fascinating to me how folkloric traditions and the traditions and feast days of organized religions co-incide.
July High summer brings some of my favourite things – butterflies, strawberries and a proliferation of wildflowers. The crops are ripening and the first harvests come home.
August The festivals of Lammas or Lughnasadh are represented with a plaited loaf – a Lammas loaf – and a cornucopia of freshly harvested vegetables. The salmon begin to return upriver to spawn and the bears are ready to catch them!
September In Abbots Bromley the traditional Horn Dance takes place, jays begin to collect acorns, the horse chestnut trees produce millions of conkers, and the grape harvest is in full swing.
October Autumn is upon us and the stags begin to rut in the woods among the newly emerging fungi. Around the world people mark autumn with festivals including Diwali and Halloween.
November In the UK we mark the foiled plot of Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament with Bonfire night on 5 November. Starlings begin to commune in vast flocks to roost together. And the first winter storms roll in.
December Despite the foul weather, on British beaches grey seals begin pupping. At the winter solstice, the rising sun casts light into the passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland to reveal the triple spirals carved into the stone. In South Wales, the Mari Lywd folk custom takes place. As with all folk customs, it involves singing and drinking and making merry but this one also includes a hobby horse made from a horse’s skull. And we begin where we started with the Roman god Janus.
To put the whole cycle of the Earth’s orbit around the sun in a cosmic context, I have illustrated some constellations:
This watercolour painting was a very special commission for a fisherman, and is shown here for your viewing pleasure.
Prints are available from Fine Art England.
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The original painting has already found a home, sorry! However, you can buy a digital file of this painting for £35, with which you can make a one-off print at a format and size of your choice. Read more about this option…
A painting of the voyage of HMS Beagle, the ship on which Charles Darwin travelled around the world -with particular attention to South America - making discoveries as he went that would change the course of natural science.