Lantern at night – white

Lantern at night – white

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About this piece

The lantern can be seen clearly from the front door of the artist’s house, and it is loved by many who live in Ely as a homing beacon, being seen clearly from afar as the flat landscape and big skies allow.  The Octagon and its lantern are acknowledged as one of the wonders of the Medieval world.  The lantern is lit up at night in pure white as a normal nightly occurrence.  During special events and marking certain weeks through the year, various colours are used to reflect those events.  In 2021 the lighting system was upgraded and is now controlled from inside the cathedral, meaning the colour can be changed without needing to manually change the individual filters on the octagon roof.


Size:  40 x 50 cm

Medium: Oil on paper

Price: £200

About the artist

Gail Stephens

I live in Ely and enjoy drawing and painting as a means to relax from a professional career in the NHS. The joy of creativity has been life-long and only on the last few years have I had the opportunity to explore and develop my art further.

Life drawing with OuseLife has enabled me to bring together my profession as a physiotherapist with my passion as an artist in capturing the human form and spirit.

I’m inspired by Paul Cezanne and David Hockney and I love exploring and playing with colour, mark making and texture. I enjoy using graphite, chalk/charcoal, pastels, as well as oil and acrylic paint.

If I haven’t got a paintbrush in my hand, it’s likely there is a knitting needle or crochet hook instead. There is great joy to be had in creating something out of nothing, simple focused playing, allowing creativity to flow, the brain to settle and the heart to sing.

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