WINDHOVER

 
WINDHOVER

   30" x 40" (76 x 101cm)

Oil/Acrylic on gessoed panel

        Private Collection

 
 

I found the title, Windhover, in a book on birds. I liked the word; it struck me as having a certain ring to it. I’m grateful to that special someone who has since told me Windhover is also the title of a poem, of which I was unaware, by Gerard Manley Hopkins. An alternative title for the painting might have been Mildred’s Gate. This does not refer to some rural scandal, but rather to the plaque on the gate in the hedge along Dolesden Lane, in the Turville Valley, Oxfordshire, through which you gain entry to this field. Once in, look to your left over towards Hick’s Hanging Wood, and there it lies spread before you, this corner of a homeland ‘field that is forever England’. Wait for the weather. Wait for the poppies. Wait for the kestrel. And it’s done.