On 3rd September 1939 War was declared between Britain and its allies and Nazi Germany it was to be my Grandparent’s wedding day everything was planned and all but the ceremony itself had to be cancelled. They did not wear their wedding outfits and there were only the two witnesses. They remained happily married until their deaths. This painting is not my Grandparents but I share it with you today in honour of them.
“I danced in the morning when the world was begun” inspired this painting. It is also called the Lord of the Dance. I just loved the tune and the words , and the metaphor of the dance. I love to dance everywhere .I never realised that it written by Sydney Bertram Carter an English poet , or that it is sung to the American Shaker song ” Simple Gifts”. The words to that song resonate .
Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free
tis the gift to come down to where we ought to be
and when we find ourselves in the place just right
T’will be in the valley of love and delight
When the true simplicity is gained, to bow and to bend
we shan’t be ashamed, to turn,turn will be our delight,
Till by turning,turning we come’ round right
I have just heard of the sad and untimely death of the actor Chadwick Boseman, who played the Black Panther in the Marvel film the Black Panther, as a tribute to him here is a detail of the painting that I did earlier this year in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
detail of my painting Black Lives Matter