|And the Winter Shall Come (1907) Frank Spenlove-Spenlove|
Frank Spenlove-Spenlove (so good, they named him twice) was an artist and author, and in 1896 he founded the Yellow Door School of Art in Kent. He is known for his ability to create atmosphere in his work, as seen in this picture. The colour, the spacing of the figures, all point towards isolation and struggle both in season and in life. For some reason, the people on the right have literally turned their backs on the woman on the left and she is left to find her way home alone. It is uncertain what her fate will be but it doesn't look too hopeful. The trees are stark and bare and snow covers the ground and buildings in frost-bitten hardness. We can hope that Spring will come and life will be renewed but she has to get through this season first. Winter can feel hopeless, even to those of us in warm houses and within loving families. It is dark, bare and cold and filled with the pressure and stress of imagery of happy people all together, feasting and resplendent in commercial richness. Fear not, as we are only 13 days away from the shortest day, and then the days will lengthen once more and Spring will come again.
My present suggestion is a little piece of one of my favourite places. Anyone who has been to the Watts' Chapel will have been blown away by the beautiful angels in the red brick walls. The shop at the Watts' Gallery stock these little beauties...
here and brighten this season.
See you tomorrow!