the garden god
a tribute to Lindsay
38 × 28 cm
Watercolour on Arches
The Garden God
One of my many favourite watercolour works by Norman Lindsay.
I bought a print of this many years ago
and each time I visit Lindsay’s home in Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains,
which is now a Gallery and Museum run by the National Trust housing many of his works,
I immediately make a beeline to this.
I love the innocence and unashamed abandon of the beautiful young girl
who is full of life and joy, with arms outstretched, standing before this lifeless, grotesque, lascivious looking small stone figure in the garden.
To see this work in real life and to walk about the grounds of the former home of this most renowned Australian Artist who has produced a vast body of work in different media, including pen drawing, etching, watercolour, oil and sculptures in concrete and bronze and model ship building, is for me heaven and a must stop on my way to Katoomba and Leura.
Here at my home, in my
I have a large stone plaque with a face cast into it, which hangs on the western wall of the house,
catching the last rays of sun each day. He is the protector of my Upstairs Garden
Although there is no beautiful young naked maiden standing there in front of his gargoyle-like face, safely flaunting herself before his lifeless eyes…
I have nevertheless called him my
in homage to Lindsay and his work.
Wanting to loosen up in my painting style I played around yesterday
using my Garden God as the basis for this work.
I was not planing to get this far with it… I was just
wanting to experiment with the colour and the shapes and after two days fiddling, this is the resulting work.
I have yet to decide whether I will paint the remaining ivy leaves or leave them in negative as a white space…
by Patricia Vannucci
My Home – My Studio – My Art Journey