“Hestia: goddess of fire, the hearth”
The first – born of the Olympians; symbol of the home, around whom the newborn child would be carried before being received by the family.
Some years ago a friend Sarah and I painted, every week. Our teacher Becky helped us enter the space of PAINTING FROM MEDITATION; detaching our conscious minds from our painting…inspired by British painter Cecil Collins’ paintings of visionary subjects. Collins attacked the great spiritual betrayal of love and the workings of life by the dominance of the scientific and technical view of life. He was inspired by poet William Blake. I recall my painting of Hestia. Squat figure, enveloped in Cerulean blue cloak, cross- legged on the floor, tending a small fire on the ground before her. I feel her presence now … safe, reliable, a defender.
Ref. Cecil Collins – HERE
William Blake video ‘Room’ – HERE
William Blake – Khan gallery – HERE