Five Thousand Years Of Tears by Mark Sheeky

G261A Five Thousand Years Of Tears
Oil on canvas panel
May 2011, Size 241x342 mm

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About this painting
Painted for the Derbyshire Open Competition, it was painted at a difficult personal time of intense anxiety and hypochondriasis, the middle of what felt like a sad and endless journey. This, combined with the need to paint something about Derbyshire conspired to produce an idea about mineral water.

The title comes from the fact that Buxton water supposedly takes five thousand years to filter through the mountains, the long, slow seep of mountain tears.

A face made mountain looks out, as water filters and falls.

Technical details
The idea sketch was painted quickly using a brush pen, acting as much as mnemonic as source. The idea was one of ten inspired for this contest, and was chosen on grounds of practicality, idea and visual impact.

Five Thousand Years Of Tears
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