Imatives: Gobble

All animals can be bribed with treats though there are always strings attached.

Love is always involved with bribery.


(Section from Gobble: Acrylic, oil and charcoal)

Imatives is open at Moorish, in Wiveliscombe on the edge of Exmoor until the end of March 2014

Imatives exhibition . . .

Moorish / Wiveliscombe / Somerset

~ 6th February 2014 to March 31st 2014 ~

(Section from Peggy: Acrylic, oil and charcoal)

For my first exhibition in more than 20 years I chose to make four individual paintings nuanced by four pieces of poetic narrative.  Collectively they explore the various complexions of love.





If you are able to visit, it’ll be lovely to see you.

The Holly and the Ivy

It is an enduring remnant of Paganism to deck our houses with evergreens towards the close of the year.   Although the custom was forbidden by the councils of the early Christian Church, its hold was too strong for it to be readily relinquished.  For the Druids of ancient Britain, Holly and Ivy symbolised  a contest between the masculine (holly) and feminine (ivy) elements in nature.  In the modern age Holly and Ivy have come to represent Christmas.

Holly supposedly wards off witches and a sprig tied to the bedpost assures pleasant dreams.  Syrup, made by boiling the twigs is good for easing chesty coughs.  According to Christian tradition the pointed leaves represent the thorns of Christ’s Crown, the perennially-green leaves represent eternal life and the red berries represent the blood He shed for our salvation.

Ivy, according to ancient tradition, has always been a symbol of fidelity, friendship and affection.  Druids considered it a symbol of determination and strength while the Celts also associated ivy with the lunar goddess, Arianrhod, and held it as a portent of death and spiritual rebirth.

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Merry Christmas everyone and may your God have the strength to go with you.