The Gate to the Isles (Blue Gate) 1980, Winifred Nicholson
This has long been a favourite. One of the few images salvaged from my flood-wrecked book of Winifred Nicholson's work in the early '90s, it spent time pinned to kitchen and bathroom walls, offering optimism and limitless possibilities with that big open sky.
I could not afford the £200 or more it would now cost to replace my copy of that 1980's book.
Luckily a new book was published last year.
|Flower Table: Pots, 1929|
I like the simple, subject matter. Still life in the domestic environment. Her pot plants and window sills remind me of my Grandmother's house. I imagine her snatching time to paint between children and domestic chores, at least in her early years. The subjects unobtrusive out of necessity and landscapes viewed through the window from a kitchen or bedroom.
|Dawn Chorus, before 1958|
Colour and light were her inspirations right from the start. Even as a student the rainbow spectrum appeared in her work and a period in India served to charge her palette. Her paintings, for me, celebrate beauty in small things and joys of life.