This newest piece was often painted outdoors to ensure the touch of fresh air was felt within the brushstrokes and transferred into the characters.
Wyecliffe’s Anthony and Ben visited the artist early last week to witness the progress in the final stages of creation, filming Darlington at her easel beside a river against the Welsh countryside. Losing a drone to the water in the process, which wasn't Anthony's fault although he bravely attempted it's rescue...
The finished painting is mesmerising homage to the beauty of the night, the new edition from Kerry Darlington will delight collectors who possess the celebrated early work Midnight Garden. Referencing latter sell out pieces Fairy Lights and Fairy Lanterns, the palette radiates in an ensemble tone of deep inky blues, rich indigo violet and pops of luminous colour.
Bathed in the light of the full moon, the silver bark of an ancient tree glitters amidst a cast of mythical folk; faeries, pixies and imps dance under the reaching branches. Threads of cobwebs shine bright, weaving amongst the bright lanterns. An enchanting lyrical composition, the new work from Kerry Darlington will leave a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
Kerry Darlington reveals a little more about the new edition
“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"The oldest most ancient folklore tells us that the faeries gather together on Moonlight nights under the most ancient trees, to sing and dance and drink flower nectar.The Faerie kindred love to get together under the full moon, they harness her energy to help protect and guard the plant kingdom. On such nights the trees are fiercely protected. If upon hearing the faery-song you are foolish enough to wander near these trees, you may trip up, have your belongings hidden or find yourself pinched by little faerie fingers.
There are many different types of faerie. Some are real tricksters, these are the least likely to be seen by the human eye as they will shapeshift and make mischief with the human folk. Others just want to dance and sing and play games. Sometimes you can just about make out their aura, although they can change their bodies to be either seen or unseen at will. Will O' the Wisp, traditionally known as Ignis Fatuus, appear as phosphorescent lights and may be seen lighting up the faerie lanterns on such nights."
We worked alongside the artist to bring a little of what she sees in her mind to the screen so that collectors can share in her intense imagination. See a snippet of the film here: