Here’s the finished piece, shot from the front.
Today I sold my red haired mermaid painting to Jean Amador, a well known Southern California architect designing environmentally friendly buildings, making use of clever lighting and spatial arrangements to cool them without wasting power.
I’ll miss my maiden, but she’ll be in a good home with people who love her, surrounded by water and reflections.
After a five hour drive we arrived in Salisbury, where we were privileged to be able to spend dawn within the stones at the greatest of megalithic monuments. It’s hard to describe how this felt, as the last time I was among the stones was at the 1984 festival, when I followed the druid procession and saw the sun rise beside the heel stone in a beautiful display. It was amazing to be there then among thousands of celebrating people, quite a contrast to the peace I found this morning. Prior to the festival I had been to the henge several times with my parents and I remember playing soccer as a young boy among the stones and eating our sandwiches while sitting on a fallen megalith .
Today was grey and foggy, but beautiful. Crows and ravens populate the site, nesting in spaces upon the trilithons.
Here, resting in the British Museum, lie the remains of an ancient Briton. This fellow was placed in a crouched position with a beaker marked with the impression of a piece of cord.
The people who made the great stone circles were the same as contemporary humans: equally intelligent, just as worried for the futures of their children, identical to us. They prevailed in conditions that were sometimes severe and survived to pass their heritage to us. Shouldn’t we respect and admire our heritage? Megalithic culture spread as far East as Mongolia, where extraordinary standing stones survive, decorated with leaping animals. The megalith builders were capable of great architecture and spectacularly gifted as tool makers with limited resources. I find it hard to comprehend how difficult it must have been to build Avebury, West Kennett, Stonehenge and the other marvels of the Neolithic.
Now the bones in the museum excite children, but they can also act as a reminder of how close we are to those ancient people and how much we owe them.
Here’s an interesting contemporary twist on neolithic culture, a chromium megalith. I enjoyed the play on ancient and modern cultures in this piece. This was also at the British museum, but I cannot locate any information about the artist or materials at the moment.