‘Eternal Source’

by Katharine Beaugié

Created in 2021

Using 22ct gold leaf, oil paint and gesso on an oak panel

Eternal Source displayed on the west wall of the Parish Church by the tower arch

Made from early 20th century pew oak recycled from this church and combining late Medieval/ early Renaissance panel painting techniques with imagery of cutting-edge satellite technology (LIDAR), “Eternal Source” is made to reflect our time, yet exists comfortably, forever, within the church context.

I have created a contemporary icon, to honour the existence and the journey of the Nail Bourne, the river that rises in Lyminge, from the source, to the sea.

The dark blue background is made from a mix of Ultramarine Blue, to represent the heavenly, and Raw Umber, to represent the earth.

Gold is used to represent the water. The gold reflects the sunlight that comes through the adjacent window, and this reflection changes as the light changes through the day, so it almost seems to be alive.

Water is the source of life, hence why people chose to camp and spend time in this specific landscape 8-10,000 years ago. The debris from making flint tools has been found in large quantities close to the spring head of the Nail Bourne, which has been a holy well associated with St Eadburg for at least 1,200 years. This spring still flows out of the chalk to this day, demonstrating a startling continuity for the well which continued as the main public source of water in Lyminge up to 1905.

The dimensions are 5’ 7” by 18”; the approximate height and width of a woman, referencing St. Ethelburga (died c 650) and St Eadburg (died 751); the royal Anglo-Saxon saints of Lyminge. The resting place of both of them is believed to have been close by up until 1085 when their remains were translated to the Priory of St Gregory in Canterbury.

Katharine Beaugié


This artwork has been made possible by grants from the following organisations and by donations from members of the public