Llwy Garu (Welsh Love Spoon)

A small carved wooden Welsh spoon rack with it's collection of wooden Cawl spoons is glimpsed in a pool of winters light from the small rustic window.

The Welsh 'Lovespoon' dates back to the ledgend of St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers who founded a convent at Llanddwyn off the west coast of Anglesey. A place of pigrimage since her death in 465 AD. St Dwynwen's Day is celebrated on the 25th January by young suitors traditionally giving their beloved a token of their affections, a lovespoon.

This work was created in the winter to spring months, it is part of a series of pieces which hold the same quality and was inspired by my move to the countryside and the new found feeling of calm and contemplation. I love my new old home - there is a wonderful constant feeling of ancient past times and lives, the sense of this place filters into the paintings.

Oil and gesso on board in antique frame 41 cm w x 60 cm h unframed 50 cm w x 70 cm h framed