oil on canvas, 50" x 40", 2004, £425
THE FOUNDATIONS FOR FALSEHOOD
oil on canvas, 18" x 14", 2003, £79
Highly stylised with a Eastern hint and a love of the linear, I played with plenty of sharp angles on this composition with the snow and fields' walls. Excepting the circle the reality of the site focuses on the hill which is slightly incongruous through its actual realistic portrayal.
Click HERE to read Tight in Falsehood
2. the Foundations for Falsehood
3. Sunkenkirk 1
4. Sunkenkirk 2
SUNKENKIRK (aka SWINSIDE), CUMBRIA
55 surviving stones of porphyritic slate at the edge of Swinside Farmhouse comprise this magnificent Cumbrian circle. 90’ in diameter, with the tallest stone 7’ high, and home to apparently uninterested cattle and sheep. A wonderful 4 stone portal provides a south east entrance and excavations in 1901 found that the ground had been levelled before the circle’s construction. Still an ever-popular location for fire-festivals and celebration, Sunkenkirk derives from the legend that when a christian church was errected on the site the devil sucked it into the earth, and that the circle is all that remains of the foundations. Swinside is less fanciful, deriving from pig farming in the area.
OS: SD.172.882 Take the 3rd minor road north heading west from Broughton-in-Furness on the A595, and a 20 minute or so, slightly uphill walk along a private road to Swinside farm.