Finding sanctuary

Sanctum [a private place where one if free from intrusion]


Oil on marouflaged linen, ovato tondo, 300mm x 400mm


How to find creative freedom? Virginia Woolf offered her opinion: a woman must have money and a room of her own…


I love her description of what it feels like when you’re in that space. She visited Oxford University to seek inspiration:


“The spirit of peace descended like a cloud from heaven, for if the spirit of peace dwells anywhere, it is in the courts and quadrangles of Oxbridge on a fine October morning. Strolling through those colleges past those ancient halls the roughness of the present seemed smoothed away; the body seemed contained in a miraculous glass cabinet through which no sound could penetrate, and the mind, freed from any contact with facts … was at liberty to settle down upon whatever meditation was in harmony with the moment.”

 

 
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  1. Beautiful technical execution. The composition definitely lends itself to a religious vibe.

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    • ruthphipps

       /  June 22, 2012

      Thanks Nicole, I’m also inspired by the way artists like Caravagio used the dramatic qualities of light and drapery to load their works with meaning. Thanks for stopping by again.

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