7 thoughts on “at the martin tinney gallery

  1. This is such a wonderful new take on the theme of “The Green Man” – more human, embodied and real, less archetypal. I love it.

    • I’m glad you like it Brenda. I’ve been painting on the theme of Saint Kevin for a number of years. You can see some of the earlier works if you click on Kevin and the Blackbird in ‘Topics’. This recent exploration of ‘greening’ came about after I’d had the idea of the woodland canopy casting shadows on the saint’s body, and from that developed the notion of a staining, as though the leaves of the tree he had transformed himself into had become a foliate stigmata upon his skin.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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    • Thank you Chloe. I’d hoped to capture stillness in this drawing, as though the long months of guarding the blackbird’s nest have turned the saint so deeply inward that nothing can bring him back to the world.

      If you can, please keep watching. There are more paintings and drawings coming.

    • I’m so pleased you like this Bev. It marks a real change of spirit in the Saint Kevin series. I see the tattoos as being a version of the stigmata, a manifestation of the tree the saint turned himself into in order to support and shelter the blackbird’s nest.

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