Dec 17 2011: Winter Trees and Other Landscapes by Louise Winks (Poster Paints and Pencil on Paper, 1970s)

A suitably wintry scene is one of several landscapes in a folder of artwork by a 1970s schoolgirl I found recently: tomorrow will see the many drawings of female figures and male hearthrobs of the day, but here we gather the various landscapes: true, only the winter trees above and perhaps the Biblical illustration in the gallery below count as properly festive, but there’s something intriguing about the range of styles and subjects covered: everything from The Monarch of the Glen to a kind of childrens’ book utopia of brightly coloured hills, water and rocks cut across by hard-edged colouring-book clouds. In a way, they’re intriguing as a doorway back into the forgotten mental landscapes of adolescence, and carry all the naive hope and strangely distorted optimism of that transition into adulthood. Wait till the bathing beauties and ‘bridle gowns’ appear tomorrow…


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