In the music video for CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND we used a marbled paper as the background to the title in the opening sequence. Mr Photoshop kindly re-hued and de-saturated the dark tones, manipulating them to match the lighter colour of the part of the painting that the title fades into.

Below is the marbled paper we used. We think it looks like a night sky at sea … the stars startling in their brightness against the black firmament before the moon rises to add her glory. These things are the jewels of our fortune.

marbled paper night sky


CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND Part 6 – the finished work – Image and video

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND, watercolour on Arches cold pressed, 356gsm paper, 102 x 66cm (40 x 26ins).



A Video with music – Miles playing soprano saxophone and our own back track interpretation of Elton John’s Candle in the Wind (or Goodbye England’s Rose) – can be found on YouTube


Please feel free to forward, tweet, facebook or share – Diana still engenders passionate discussion and response and this art work is open to any individual interpretation.

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND Part 5 – Japanese characters

We have a box set of brushes for Japanese ink painting – let’s be more precise – in a small rectangular box covered in printed silk, 8 different brush heads nestle in shaped indentations of red velvet and 2 bamboo handles are clasped to the inside lid against their own white silk background. Hard to resist a foray into Japanese ink painting with such beckoning but we resist the urge and use the set for our Western style of painting. The brushes were perfect for painting the Japanese characters in CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND.

This is the image of the study for those characters followed by an explanation of their meaning:

Divine Wind

These Japanese characters form the word ‘kamikaze’: ‘kami’ means ‘spirit’ or ‘god’ and ‘kaze’ means ‘wind’ and so the usual translation is ‘divine wind’. The use of the combination of these words goes back to the 13th century when the term was given to major typhoons that dispersed invading fleets and saved Japan from enemy occupation.

This is the penultimate post of this series. We have shown the main elements of the painting now and in our next post (aiming for next Sunday) we will reveal how these elements fit together in the finished work, CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND.

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND Part 4 – the Royal Standard

The Royal Standard is the flag or banner that represents the Sovereign and the United Kingdom. It is flown only when the Sovereign is present and if you see it flying above Buckingham Palace you know the Queen is in residence. Royal protocol is exact and exacting and doesn’t change easily – there are centuries of ritual and history associated with the Royal emblems and ceremonies.

When the idea for CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND began developing into sketches and compositional drawings the work was titled “Royal Standard – A Dream To Die For”. Perhaps this may be the better title … once you see the finished piece let us know what you think.

 Here are just 2 of the many flag studies for CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND:

Sketch for Royal Standard

Sketch for Royal Standard

Sketch for Royal Standard

Sketch for Royal Standard

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND Part 3 – the Sovereign’s Sceptre

At English coronation ceremonies symbolic objects are an important part of the ritual and each has a specific meaning. The Sovereign’s Sceptre with cross represents the monarch’s worldly power with the association of good governance. The sceptre is a gold rod surmounted by an enamelled and gem-studded structure, part of which holds the Star of Africa, the largest colourless cut diamond in the world, cleaved from the great 3,106 carat Cullinan Diamond which the government of the Transvaal (South Africa) presented to King Edward VII in 1907 as a gesture of reconciliation after the Boer War … a sort of king-size suck up?

The following image is the sceptre study (which does not include the Star of Africa) for CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND.

Sovereign's Sceptre

Sovereign’s Sceptre