Scenes from Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë is a great, visual writer; on every page of Jane Eyre spring astonishing descriptions of people (character and appearance), facades, interiors, nature and weather, inner visions and dreams. These descriptions are key to the emotional power of the novel, and to its complex symbolism and structure. I began painting some of the scenes in order to see—to hold for a moment—what the words unfold in pictures as I read. In the first interview between Rochester and the new governess, he gets to know her by examining her watercolors. He understands her pictorial language, and asks, “Were you happy when you painted these pictures?” She replies, “I was absorbed, sir: yes, and I was happy. To paint them, in short, was to enjoy one of the keenest pleasures I have ever known.” Painting scenes from Jane Eyre is for me, as well. I'll be adding pictures as I make them.
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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
all paintings app. 9x12", oil on panel, 2012-2013

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sketches from 1986.