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Nigel Milsom Judo house part 8 (a perfect light)

oil on linen

130.5 x 105 cm

All the work in my Judo house part 8 (a perfect light) series stems from everyday experiences that seem to cut through the ordinary. The inspiration for this painting occurred after having a coffee with friends Ercan and Angie Ersan, and their daughters, London Daisy and Elvie.

We walked to a park where London Daisy headed straight for the swings. She was too small to jump up into the seat, so she wrapped it around her chest like a parachute harness and flew through the air with pure joy. She reminded me of a bee buzzing about a flower. There was something about the light too; it looked like she was being illuminated by a spotlight.

Nigel Milsom, 2019