It’s time to start blogging again, and to take up iPad painting again. Spring is sprung! Here’s a pale face in a washed out blue artist’s smock- it’s not a portrait of anyone, just an invention.
This is about the Magna Carta – the UK’s first legal contract between monarch and people (1215), which is the foundation of contemporary democracy.
Check out clauses 39 & 40 and in particular, reference to Habeas Corpus- whereby a man/woman may have immediate access to a judge 24/7, if anybody tries to take them bodily against their will. EG there can be no arbitrary detention by the state, or monarch.
This is the third of my pics on the subject, and this one’s quite
This is my latest painting – recently finished. The colours are a bit richer than they appear here. It’s inspired by a vintage photograph of a young laundress sleeping in the street. She has half an eye open to protect her livelihood: a mobile laundry wringer kept close by her makeshift bed.
You could say I’m exploring issues of homelessness, highlighting the plight of young workers and lack of housing in an urban landscape. It’s certainly much inspired by Henry Mayhew who wrote ‘London Labour and The London Poor’ in 1851 – and ‘Outcast London’ by Gareth Stedman Jones looks simliar.
Are there questions of ignorance -vs- indifference at play? Dry, safe, clean houses line the street, and have windows through which the lucky inhabitants can observe our brave laundress’s situation. But the windows are blind. There’s no sign that the neighbours have left a bowl of soup or a glass of milk and a sandwich. In fact the neighbours cannot be seen for dust.
The Help To Buy Scheme. Oil on linen canvas, 24″ x 36″ (62cm x 91cm)
For enquiries, please contact my gallery, SERENA MORTON
I’ve been working on a sketch in oils of Lakshmi, Hindu Goddess of material and spiritual prosperity, good fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. It is customary to pay her homage particularly in the month of October.
Mahalakshmi is the mother of the universe. She is often seen with an elephant and swans and stands on a lotus flower, symbol of beauty and calm non-attachment.