Passing even into my purer mind With tranquil restoration - LARGE
About this artwork
Lately I've been reflecting on my own personal identity and my sense of self, and I was inspired by the way that this image portrayed a sense of "coming into thyself". Something that I think we all need to do - checking in, taking a good look at ourselves, giving ourselves a bit of a clean-up, and treating ourselves to some self care and forgiveness.
Looking at this painting now I am reminded of Wordsworth's poem "Tintern Abbey"where he describes the medieval ruins of the abbey as a chattel to the self. The painting is named after a line in this poem. I've used a contemporary approach using techniques such as expressionism and pop art to capture a wondrous underwater rendition of "myself" in contrasting colours of teal and orange, along with cool greens and ocean blues. In this rectangular composition of an alternate universe, the light highlights her hands, face and her dress, as she cuddles herself under the surface.
In this painting I've used professional quality artist acrylics and mediums. The wooden board is supported by a wooden frame and is fitted with a wire and two D rings and is ready to hang. I recommend to hang the painting directly to the wall on the D-rings or to a minimum of two hooks to the wire - especially as this is an extra large painting.
Here is Wordsworths poem...
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and ‘mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind
With tranquil restoration:—feelings too
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered, acts
Of kindness and of love …