Perhaps these ancient observatories like Stonehenge perennially impress modern people because modern people have no idea how the Sun, Moon, or stars move. -Neil deGrasse Tyson
Stonehenge has been on my “Bucket List” to visit as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, age and health will probably keep me from ever getting to see it in person. Recently, I contacted the photographer Andre Pattenden who has taken numerous beautiful photos of Stonehenge. I asked for permission to use one of his Stonehenge images as inspiration for a Stonehenge painting. To my delight, Andre was most gracious not only giving me permission, but offering to send me high resolution photos. I was particularly impressed with his location, angle and timing for the photography. In the painting I added the sky, clouds and the tall grass. My idea is to show Stonehenge as it might have looked to a local farmer or even a Druid in the year 1328AD, not like the freshly mowed and highly protected national park it is today.
Stonehenge is near Wiltshire, England. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. I hope my painting has done justice to this prehistoric monument.
Stonehenge Sunrise, 1328AD, 24X48 Oil on canvas.
On a recent visit to the Flint Hills region of Kansas I came across something very similar to Stonehenge sitting high on a hill. My first impression was that the stones must represent native "Spirit Dancers". After hours research I found out they are called Spirit Stones A group of people created this Flint Hills "Stonehenge" in 2012 as part of the "Walk in Peace Ranch". The ranch’s co-founders, Lonetta Lollar and John Brack, commissioned Steve Murillo, an environmental sculptor, to create this site.
"It is in the middle of nowhere – which is the point." John Brack said. “We thought this would be a neat place to come and hang out, It’s quiet. You walk out the back door and don’t see anyone. In the city, there is a crying lack for solitude. You can sit out here at night and things are so quiet, you can hear owls and coyotes. See deer and turkeys. We had a beaver walk across our back yard. You can hear the animals out in the grass.”
Since the Spirit Stones are on private property, and I could find no one to grant me permission to enter, I took this long distance photograph from the county road, and then created this painting. Ironically, I took this photo two days after the Summer Solstice.
Spirit Stones, Flint Hills of Kansas, 12X24 Acrylic on canvas