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Aethelflaed Brings the bones of St Oswald to Gloucester

Aethelflaed Brings the bones of St Oswald to Gloucester

This oil painting is of the Anglo Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, bringing the remains of St Oswald to Gloucester.
As this was once a local event I decided to include local people; the men on the left (who are members of the Philomusica, a local Gloucester choir), and the children who are members of Gloucester Cathedral choir.
The building in the background is all that is left of St Oswald's priory, which can be found on the grass adjacent to the cathedral; it is the place where both Aethelflaed and St Oswald's remains are buried.
I originally filled in the panels between the arches to reproduce the original priory, but then realised that the remains that are left are medieval and built after Aethaelflaed’s time, so I decided to paint it as it is today.
The embroidery on the priest's sleeves is based on a surviving maniple found in the tomb of St Cuthbert. On the reverse it says: 'AELFFLAED FIERI PRECEPIT.'

23.5" H x 16.25" W

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Aelthelflaed Flees from the Viking attack at her palace at Chippenham

Aelthelflaed Flees from the Viking attack at her palace at Chippenham

When the Vikings attacked the royal palace at Chippenham, Aethelflaed who was about 7 at the time, fled with her family. The beacon burning in the top right hand corner represents the warning sign.
The jewelled broach is based on one found at Sutton Hoo. I think the beads are typical of the time whereas the embroidery on her sleeves is based on an anglo saxon stone carving.
15.5" H x 11.5" W

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The Arrest of Anne Boleyn

The Arrest of Anne Boleyn

As the palace at Greenwich no longer exists, I had to imagine the location.
The three judges at the back are based on Holbein's pictures of the Duke of Norfolk, Sir William Fitzwilliam and Sir William Paulet.
The costume of the Yeoman of the Guard is reasonably accurate consisting of a green and white tunic with a rose emblem, rather than the red and black design worn at the Tower of London, today.
The book Anne is dropping is modelled on her Book of Hours which still survives, the necklace she wears with the H and A motif, is also from Holbein.
I struggled at first with Anne’s dress, it had many incarnations from red and black velvet with borders of pearls and jewels, to a single gold leaf panel at the front. In the end I decided to paint the dress in green velvet and gold, including acorns and oak leaves which were also her emblems. I based it on the priest’s clothes which can be seen in my painting of Aethelflaed bringing the bones or St Oswald to Gloucester.
23.5" H x 16.25" W

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Summer - Gaia, Earth Mother

Summer - Gaia, Earth Mother

An oil painting of Summer represented by Gaia, Earth Mother. I was particularly pleased with the bay leaves which I painted on her forehead. I painted this to match my other painting, ' Winter - Madonna.'
22" H x 18" W x 0.5" D   
$997.00    
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Helen Diaz

Helen Diaz

A portrait of Helen Diaz. I painted this using the techniques or the Pre-Raphaelites, that is, with a brilliant white ground, pure colours with little mixing. This is the first painting in which I haven't painted an underpainting in earth colours such as burnt umber. It is a style I hope to explore whenever I can. The garden is the ivy growing on a shed outside my house.
15.75" H x 15.75" W x 0.5" D   

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