Last night I was lurking in the dark again along with a number of 'witches', the 'Wyrd Sisters' of Macbeth. This painting series I am working on is an ongoing project that I last picked up on last December (when my computer died and I had little choice but to change subject and revert to traditional media). I had been working steadily on my book which relies a lot on digital media...so.... that was the end of that, for a while anyway. So, out with the oils and in new paintings it was.
In this painting series I have been following the work of Prague Shakespeare Company, off and on, for a few years, each time they perform 'The Scottish Play'. Last night I finally collected all the visual information I need for the series...the witches were very patient and generous with their time.
The picture above is that of the most prominent of the 'wyrd sisters' or 'three witches' of Macbeth. A group who may in fact be intended as the triple form of the Greek goddess of witchcraft and will power, Hecate. I think I've watched this version of the play 4 times now. It felt all the more familiar to me this time (I think) because I recently travelled around Scotland with my family. We rented some kind of SUV type thing, (I have no idea what it was, I was only driving it...I could care less about cars) and although it seemed like over-kill it came in very handy as we motored some fairly rough terrain in parts. We passed through Macbeth country in the north, skirting Cawdor, as we travelled from Inverness to Aberdeen. We were very near Dunsinane at one point too as we travelled through beautiful Perthshire . We drove in a huge circle around the country and I saw, at one point in our travels, the most beautiful view I have ever seen in my life. More on that later.
In fact I'll post about the drawings I made on our trip, the excellent pub we found and the fine B&B my wife discovered. Next time.
PSC performs their last Macbeth this year later this evening. If you are travelling to Prague and enjoy the theatre you can book tickets here.
|Oil painting in progress included to show the hidden face of 'Feance'. See above for the completed painting, with Feance now hidden.|
BTW...this trailer looks good, a new film adaptation....of course, it can't touch the fine work of PSC who truly 'screw their courage to the sticking place'.