A treasure in North Yorkshire

Richmond, Yorkshire

Just half an hour’s walk from the old Richmond Railway Station, along the River Swale will take you to the grand ruins of Easby Abbey. Wikipedia suggests that the Abbey was founded in 1152.

near Richmond, North Yorkshire UK

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

In the grounds of the Abbey is the little church of St Agatha. Parts of that building are thought to pre-date the Abbey. Inside is a plaster cast of a 9th century Northumbrian cross – the stone original is on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The mediaeval frescoes survived the Reformation under coats of whitewash and perhaps date from the 13th century.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

I had never experienced anything like this at close quarters before. Such a thrill!

North Yorkshire, UK, Philippa Robert

The creation, the Garden of Eden (image adjusted for perspective).

North Yorkshire, UK, Philippa Robert

North Yorkshire, UK, Philippa Robert

detail – the Resurrection

Philipa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

This frieze was simple and looked as fresh as if just finished. Perhaps it was the imperfections of the artist’s marks that made it so appealing.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Some of the paintings have not survived well. Pleasing to see that no well-meaning amateur had taken to them.

The interior was dim but it was adorned with fresh lilies, possibly from a recent wedding. A nice touch, bringing a contemporary note to the intimate spaces.

Well worth a visit!

Art – Is it better to be solitary?

solitary-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-outdoor painting

Workshops, shared studio spaces, master classes, collaborative pieces, community groups – there are plenty ways for artists to work with others. Still, much studio work is done alone. Reading, researching, painting, experimenting, standing back and looking, pondering.

We no longer need to be solitary with the online community and its zigzagging connections. The elements of fun and surprise that come from these are often inspirational.

How strategic do we need to be? When to axe the android or lose the laptop? The muse sings softly at times.