Art and history, but not art history

Musky and I have just indulged in a spot of afternoon art, meaning I was painting and he was drinking my paintbrush cleaning water and sleeping.

Last week I started a painting of Glastonbury Tor; Glastonbury being where I grew up and the Tor being one of my favourite places. I’d decided to do a fireworks scene and wanted an iconic building in the foreground, so where better than one I could see from my bedroom window as a teenager.

Glastonbury Tor is steeped in legend and is an important site historically, now owned/managed by the National Trust the Tor can be seen from miles around as the highest point of what was the Isle of Avalon. Back in the olden days (history most definitely not my strongest subject) the Somerset Levels were under water and settlers were drawn to the Tor as an island in the marshy waters. There is evidence of an iron age village and many archeological artifacts have been discovered showing settlements throughout early history. In the town there is a lovely little museum, Glastonbury Tribunal which has lots of information about this, you can read more on English Heritage’s website here.

Glastonbury and the Isle of Avalon are also important in Arthurian legend, Glastonbury Abbey being the final resting place of Arthur and Guinevere, and in Christianity as Joseph of Arimethia is said to have planted his staff in the ground which became the holy thorn. Again you can read more from here.

Glastonbury and the Tor also feature heavily in fantasy literature, e.g. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s series The Mists of Avalon, and on TV, Stargate SG-1 series 9 Avalon: parts 1 & 2.

And here you are eventually getting to the art of this post!


Fireworks over Glastonbury Tor by me 😀


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