cream tea 122x122cm oil on canvas
Walled garden summer collection now available and showing at The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2 and The Russell Gallery , Putney, London.
It was during the Christmas break that I first conceived of the idea for this painting. My two daughters back for the holiday and bonding over the kitchen table probably with laptops and coffee between them, where at either side of my long refectory-type table, and I was at the kitchen sink (no comment) looking across directly mid line. I felt a painting coming on, and jotted down a few quick reminders to work through the idea more fully later. I have used cream tea as subject matter before, back in 2005, where there were two cream tea still lifes in my solo show at Adam’s in St.Stephan’s Green, Dublin 2. My aim, in this recent collection of summer paintings, was to make my interior scenes have an outdoor country feel, maybe some deep physiological need for summer during the short dark days of winter……. Crazy really ‘cos we still hav’nt had any decent summer weather yet and its July in a few days! So I am thinking that in my case my paintings are definately a form of self-medication!
I suppose, in this painting more than in the rest of the ‘Walled Garden” collection, I have used a lot of different fabrics, and it is in these textiles that I have introduced most of the outdoor references. These have been sourced mainly from 18th century textiles and decorative patterns. If we think nowadays that we are innovative and edgy with our decorative arts, then think again as 300 years ago, it was as punky and wacky as it gets. I think all our colour do’s and don’t’s must have happened relatively recently. I have never liked being told what not to do, so I have pheasants, butterflies, flowers and strawberry plants all vying for attention. Even though I use colour defiantly and boldly go where no man has gone before, I see them as all balanced and harmonious and to me impart a sense of calmness and well-being.
18th century fabric book