Noëlle Griffiths has chosen to work with the painting
‘Ligeia’ acrylic on cotton duck; 244x216cm; 1978 by John Hoyland (1934-2011)
Click link to see ‘Ligeia’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/ligeia
Image 1: detail of cover ‘John Hoyland’ by Mel Gooding, published by Thames & Hudson © 2006
Friday 12 December 2014
I leave Hafod y Llyn listening to owls hooting, dark, pre-dawn.
7am: Oakley Arms is busy, four buses engines running, people waiting in the dark – a transport hub, a metropolis! – a world away from my sleeping family up the hill.
7.15am: we set off to Cardiff, Wanda and I with Andrew driving. We are diverted into Newtown due to flooding. Swollen rivers, the Wye with waves like the sea.
11.15am: we arrive at the National Museum of Wales in time to meet everyone for coffee and bara brith. There are twelve of us at the Museum. Bryony unlocks doors. I wander amongst paintings - the large ‘Ayres Rock’ painting by Michael Andrews, acrylic on canvas glowing as you enter – I pass brown traditional portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, Impressionist gems, Cezanne, Monet, Daumier. Then we go into the closed gallery being re-hung. Past Gwen John, Sickert in Venice, many I didn’t have time to look at. The second gallery alive with 20th Century paintings of colour and non-realistic subject – Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Karl Weschke, Ceri Richards, Keith Vaughan, Brenda Chamberlain, Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, Adrian Heath, Graham Sutherland. Time to sketch and look at a few.