Hay-ho, We Must Be Home!

A typical sight across the English countryside in late August is that of hay bales spaced out in fields and across hillsides and it is one that I love deeply, not least for being something that signals to me that I am back home amidst the very familiar after our travels.

Before we even went away this year, I had sighted quite a few of these peculiar tube-shapes in fields near to home; sufficient to inspire me to set to work on my most recent painting, “Hay bales on hillside“, which echoes a much earlier painting of mine from 2008 (its always an interesting project returning to a subject that you’ve worked on before to see where else you can go with it).

In particular, I associate hay on hills with the vast expanse of rolling countryside around The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire and, as we drove over that ancient landmark just a few days ago, shortly after our return from Italy, I was comforted to see the hay spaced out as ever at this time of the year – looking like so many fuzzy cans of food laid out by an obsessive-compulsive giant. The geometric precision of these forms don’t quite have the same rustic charm as Monet’s haystacks (right) but we have to move with the times and, in their own way, I find them an appealing subject against the foil of randomly undulating fields and one that is just begging to be painted!

About Helen White

Helen White is a professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. Her blog Living Whole shines a light on living with high sensitivity, dealing with trauma and healing from chronic health issues. Spinning the Light is an extremely broad-based platform where she elucidates the everyday alchemy of relentless self-exploration. A lifetime of "feeling like an outsider" slowly emerged as neurodivergence (being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD, synaesthesia, sensory processing challenges and other defecits overlapping with giftedness). All of these topics are covered in her blogs, written from two distinct vantage points so, if you have enjoyed one of them, you may wish to explore the other for a different, yet entirely complimentary, perspective.
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