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History, beauty and colour of our fine county

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

By Dawn Hinsley

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Bringing the county's architectural heritage into a new artistic light, Karen Devereux's exhibition entitled Divine Lincolnshire will be launched at Lincoln Cathedral on April 6. The show will feature 54 illustrations, mainly in pen, ink and watercolour, of many historical buildings around the county.

Karen says: "These include viewpoints and statues within the cathedral itself, depictions of other medieval Lincolnshire churches, places such as Tattershall Castle and other sites of historic interest. The other element of the exhibition is folklore, featuring illustrations of folk tales or events which still take place around the county."

Here, the Lincolnshire-born artist currently based in Tetney, talks in greater detail about her work...

A lot of my illustrations are in pen and ink. I use ink pens and then intensify the subject with either watercolour washes, pastels or coloured crayons.

You see, I love the act of drawing, the lines involved in the process and the challenge, too. Often, the limited use of a single ink colour, either sepia tones or simple black and white, intensified with gradated washes, can give the art a very moody or atmospheric feel. However, I do use colour in the exhibition, as you can see in the piece Light Breaking, Tetney Blow Wells where hard pastels are used to illustrate that superb dappling light effect you get coming through the trees at dawn.

Lincolnshire is blessed with many fine churches and historical remains, nestled within glorious surroundings and set against huge, ever changing skyscapes.

I like the way the light and the cloud shapes play upon and around these ancient buildings, enhancing their wild and time-altered structures.

I'm delighted to be allowed to exhibit in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral – it is stunning. Obviously, I feel the content of the exhibition fits very well into this type of venue and I have included many illustrations of views and details of the cathedral.

I hope visitors will share my love of the surroundings and the way in which I have tried to capture this through the work.

It is a very special place with a very special atmosphere.

Lincoln Cathedral is a great artwork in itself and I hope my exhibition will enhance their visit to this marvellous building.

The exhibition is called Divine Lincolnshire. This does not simply apply to the religious but also to the stunning rural nature of this county and its more mysterious aspects. For example, the Haxey Hood game, north of the county, has been enacted for some 700 years and is amazing. I love the strange figure of the Fool, who declares the game open and he is depicted in the exhibition. As is the colourful and pagan Skidbrooke Wassiler, toasting and blessing the apple trees in this very English tradition. The wild and ghostly Tatterfoal horse also makes an appearance.

Divine Lincolnshire runs from Saturday, April 6 to Sunday, April 21 in the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral.

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