Graham Twyford - Lakeland Artist

Oberon and Titania

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows - all the flowers mentioned by Oberon in those lines from A Midsummer Night's Dream are included here. One afternoon someone called with freshly collected mushrooms which were instantly set up and painted, dewdrops and all. Throughout I was inspired by the great Victorian fairy paintings - John Anster Fitzgerald, Sir Joseph Noel Paton of course, and the astounding, singular world of Richard Dadd. I watched Max Reinhardt's wonderous 1935 film of The Dream time and again - it remains unequaled for transporting effect, even in this age of CGI. My great friend from art college days, Robin Giddings, works magical fabrics in thread on muslin which vanishes when ironed, leaving an impossible spidery weave, the ideal substance for Titania's train.