Monthly Archives: May 2019

Resipole, Ardnamurchan

The exhibition launch at the Resipole Gallery was fun and convivial, and Ardnamurchan was beautiful as always. (above – ‘Sanna Bay, Seaweed’, below, photos from the Resipole) ..

 

 

 

 

The exhibition continues until 28th June. All artworks on this link, also contacts for the gallery if you have any queries about the paintings: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/rose-strang

I went up there with a few friends and we stayed on the beach at Ardtoe in the Ardnamurchan peninsula – midgy but lovely.

Some photos –  in the afternoon, sunset then dawn…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing the castles and mythology theme for the Planets Series, we visited Castle Tioram which, though very overcast, looked mythical as ever, more so perhaps. Bad weather suits the west coast and highlands! These luscious pink rhododendrons are everywhere in May and June on the West Coast …

 

 

 

We sheltered in my favourite hotel – the Glenfinnan Hotel at Loch Sheil…

 

 

 

And lastly, some photos taken while we drove through Glencoe – it looks iconically Glencoe-esque in this weather …

 

 

 

Exhibition at the Resipole Gallery

‘Sanna Bay. Turquoise’. Mixed media on 20×16″ wood board. Rose Strang 2019

I’m excited to be exhibiting as part of a group show at the excellent Resipole Gallery this month.

The exhibition launches next week on Friday 17th May (there’s a private view from 6 to 8pm)

As the Resipole Gallery is in Ardnamurchan on the west coast of Scotland it’s a bit remote for some folks! So here is a link to their website page showing my paintings – https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/rose-strang

And this is their contact page if you have any sales queries – https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/contacts

I love the Ardnamurchan landscape so I’ll be traveling up there with some friends for the exhibition launch, also for more photos and sketches of the beautiful Castle Tioram which is featuring in my ‘Planets Series’. Here are a couple of photos from my last trip there ..

 

Planet studies and castles

‘Venus’. Mixed media on 10×102 wood panel. Rose Strang 2019

‘Mars’. Mixed media on 10×102 wood panel. Rose Strang 2019

I’m creating a series of smaller studies for the Planets Series. Above – ‘Mars’ and ‘Venus’. More about the series below …

This is a continuation of the Planets Series I’m creating this year, which takes inspiration from the planets as understood in Medieval cosmology, and the seven books of Narnia which were each inspired by the seven planets, as discovered by Michael Ward, author of ‘Planet Narnia’.

As mentioned in previous posts, C.S. Lewis didn’t make this explicit at all – which was in keeping with his belief that faith was understood through imagination; each of the books was inspired by the qualities associated with each planet, for example Mars – war-like, and related to early spring, associated with the metal iron and the colour red, or Venus – concerning love, new life and pleasure, associated with the metal copper and the colour green.

Without a fairly in-depth look at the mythology of planets as understood in Medieval times, it’s difficult to grasp the extent to which Lewis used not just his imagination to construct the stories according to planetary influence, but also his breadth and depth of knowledge on Medieval literature.

Reading Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia is an excellent place to start exploring these themes, and from there I’ve began to explore many related themes in literature and art.

I’m now exploring so many tangents it would take to long too write about them all, but the linking theme between all the paintings will be Castle Tioram, which on its rocky outcrop surrounded by sea and wild forest reminds me of Cair Paravel in the Narniad.

Another related interest is the symbology of castles in Medieval literature and spirituality, which has been fascinating. Historians tend to write about castles from a military historical perspective, but to the Medieval mind they represented more than military defense – they could also be symbolic of the defense of spiritual, social or political ideals.

In a previous post I wrote about the ancient history of Castle Tioram’s ‘golden age’ (you can read about that Here). So for today’s small studies for the planets series I was playing around with stylised visual representations of a castle under the influence of Mars (under attack, a slightly ominous air and branches to be thrashed through!) and Venus – I was thinking of the garden of the Hesperides, the Venusian colours of green and white and an altogether gentler atmosphere inviting pleasure and relaxation (the photo isn’t capturing the colours and shimmery qualities I managed to paint, as the light was fading).

I’m happier with Venus than the Mars painting, but the ideas are getting there. I’m also generally more happy with Venus! On the subject of Medieval ideas, astrologically I have my Venus and Moon in Libra, which is a nice venusian influence. Who knows if these things affect our life?! Venus influences creativity, according to Medievalists.

I remember a happy evening attending a perfume, poetry and music evening (organised by a friend – poet Jennifer. L. Williams) held in a Victorian glass house at Edinburgh’s Botanic gardens – it was a perfect summer day, with the scent of fresh lily and orange blossom merging with the ferny earthy aroma of greenhouse and floating up into the green palm fronds, while we listened to a poetry reading about spring and first love, accompanied by music on cello by another friend, Atzi Muramatsu. All very Venusian …

I’ll leave you with some photos from the event, below – (if only I could capture perfume in paintings!) …