There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Monday, 20 April 2015

Turner and Oxford

Joseph Mallord William Turner, born this day in 1775, is an English Romanticist painter known for his landscapes and work in oil, but he was also a master of watercolours.  Some see him as a pioneer of Impressionism, his work prefacing the Impressionists to come later in the century.  John Ruskin described him as an artist who could "most stirringly and truthfully measure the moods of Nature."

If someone mentions the painter JMW Turner, 
chances are one painting comes to mind--
Tintern Abbey.

Turner is also know as 'The Painter of Light', beautifully seen here in 
'Keelman Heaving in Coal by Moonlight'.

A view of Christ Church from the Meadows and the Thames.

Turner's paintings of Oxford are less widely known, but they're some of my favourites. His softly stylized vision matches perfectly with the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford.  The college spires seem to meld with the sky, like a bridge between heaven and earth.
'The High Street',
on long-term loan to the 
Ashmolean Museum. 
Turner enlarged University College  (on the left) 
and straightened the High Street to lead the 
eye straight down to the Carfax Tower.

Christ Church and Tom Tower
from St. Aldate's.
Christ Church Cathedral from Merton Fields,
Corpus Christi College to the right.
Tom Tower from Pembroke Lane
Oriel College Quad

St. Mary's Church and the
Radcliffe Camera from Oriel Lane.

Turner captured perfectly in watercolour 
what Yeats later captured in poetry.

"I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford
 but dream and remember, the place is so
 beautiful.  One almost expects the 
people to sing instead of speaking.  
It's all like an opera."
~William Butler Yeats

1 comment:

  1. Breathtaking! You are so right! It does seem like a bridge between heaven and earth; and metaphorically that is really true, when you think of all the great literary giants, from Oxford, who have themselves written about things to bridge us between heaven and earth! Thank you again for a wonderful break of aesthetic food for the soul, in the midst of a business day! Jane xo