Carole Hardy Pigott

I am loving the Eudora Welty inspired paintings of Carole Hardy Pigott.

Early in the artist’s career Miss Welty gave her permission  to “paint my visual images from her words”…

Carol Hardy Pigott and Eudora Welty

 

Miss Welty’s advice to the artist was to paint her own visual images conjured from Welty’s words and I think she has done just that!

According to Pigott, “Since returning to Mississippi and immersing myself in the
series, I have produced the following paintings,
The images are mine
The inspiration – Eudora’s.”

Enjoy a few of the images of her paintings…

inspired by “The Wide Net”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“When they turned off, it was still early in the pink and green fields.
The fumes of morning, sweet and bitter, spring up where they walked.
The insects ticked softly, their strength in reserve; butterflies chopped
the air, going to the east, and the birds flew carelessly and sang by fits
and starts, not the way they did in the evening in sustained and
drowsy songs.”

inspired by “A Curtain of Green”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“To a certain extent, she seemed not to seek for order, but to allow
and over-flowering, as if she consciously ventured forever a little farther,
a little deeper, into her life in the garden”

inspired by “A Curtain of Green”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

 

“One day, almost as late as five o’clock, the sun
was still shining.  It seemed almost to spin in a tiny
groove in the polished sky, and down below, in the
trees along the street and in the rows of flower
gardens in the town, every leaf reflected the
sun from a hardness like a mirror surface.”

inspired by “A Still Moment”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“Then a whole swarm of fireflies instantly flickered all around him, up
and down, back and forth, first one golden light and then another,
flashing without any of the weariness that had held back the souls.
These were the signs sent from God that he had not seen the
accumulated radiance of saved souls because he was not able, and that
his eyes were more able to see the fireflies of the Lord than with
his blessed souls.”

inspired by “At The Landing”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“Maybe some day she could become bright and shining all at once, as of though at the
very touch of another with herself.  But now she was like a house with all its rooms
dark from the beginning, and someone would have to go slowly and darkly, leaving
each one lighted behind, before giving to the next.  It was not caution or distrust
that was in herself, it was only a sense of journey, of something that might happen.”

inspired by “At The Landing”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“At the Landing much was known about all kinds of love that
had happened there, and wisdom traveled, when it left the
porches, in the persons of three old women.”

inspired by “Delta Wedding”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“Thoughts went out of her head and the landscape filled it.  In the Delta,
most of the world seemed sky.  The clouds were large – larger than
horses or houses, larger than boats or churches or gins, larger than
anything except the fields the Fairchilds planted.”

inspired by “The Purple Hat”…

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“It was in a bar a quiet little hole in the wall.  It was four o’clock in the
afternoon.  beyond the open door the rain fell, the heavy color of the
sea, in air where the sunlight was still suspended.  Its watery reflection
lighted the room, as a room might have lighted a mousehole.
It was in New Orleans.”

Please visit her website carolpigottstudio.com and enjoy the oil paintings as well as the charcoal drawings.  I cannot get enough of them!

Oh, and I am so glad that she was inspired to paint this including our favorite four legged friends

inspired by “The Wide Net”…

 

Carol Hardy Pigott's paintings inspired by Eudora Welty

“Where the light fell o the river, in a wandering from shore to shore,
it was leaf-shaped spangles that trembled softly, while the dare
of the river was calm.  The willow trees leaned overhead under
muscadine vines, and their trailing leaves hung like waterfalls in
the morning air.  The thing that seemed like silence must have been
the endless cry of all the crickets and locusts in the world,
rising and falling.”

Happy Wednesday!

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