Rounded Marks at Last!
July 30, 2018
I have always been interested in the marks or incisions on the stones at the Ness. Dr. Antonia Thomas has well documented these in her book Art and Architecture in Neolithic Orkney. http://www.archaeopress.com/public/displayProductDetail.asp?id=%7BA9758D28-EB53-4F53-AE25-533206C17D44%7D But the majority of the marks are angular, attempts at straight lines and playing with triangles. So it is always remarkable when a mark shows up that is rounded. Thursday http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/dig-diary-thursday-july-26-2018/ and Friday http://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/dig-diary-friday-july-27-2018/ were those lucky days when the horned spiral or Smerquoy or eyebrow motif were found.
I have already used the triangular pattern I am so fond of from the stone unearthed in 2013 in my painting. It is great that now I feel justified to add some of these rounded shapes in.
It has been a challenge to work right to left across the canvas and now I have started the top. Since the lunar eclipse was occuring, I decided to add a moon image and am planning to morph its shine across the top which firmly puts that part into sky mode!