....Wide, dawning lands
Where shadow greets the light....
upon rocks many faces
Trails that talk, of ancient relics
to Lichen's song
.....When we walk
Winter in the woods, Wiltshire, 2017. Noticing & collecting - Skeletal Sycamores - Crisp, hardened oak leaves, frozen in time - Verdant mosses glow, carrying the light - Stopping to print & journal as I go...
"What seems mundane and trivial is the very stuff that discovery is made of. The only difference is our perspective, our readiness to put the pieces together in an entirely different way and to see patterns where only shadows appeared just a moment before. " (Edward B. Lindaman)
A great day out on one of Anna. B Sextons "Get Lost" Walks...Meandering & discovering along pavements & pathways..Mapping an unfamiliar route through colour, texture, symbols & sound...
Field trip & workshop with artist Pete Ward at Honiton & Sidmouth, collecting & painting with earth pigments...
It was a truly elemental day walking along the Jurassic coast as part of the field trip & earth pigments workshop with artist Pete Ward.....Meeting at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton we then travelled down to Sidmouth to collect and forage for natural pigments which we would later learn how to turn into paint. It was fascinating to explore deeper the ideas & principals of gathering & the processes of making, which for me was the most important & enjoyable part....the end product seemed a little irrelevant somehow, or perhaps just another part of the story....It was wonderful to find myself again to be such a part of these changing states, the environment, the weather, terrain, from rocks to paint to paper, and to find out that the story behind today's making may have already started around 350 million years ago!. Later, when we arrived back at the studio it was even more fascinating to observe these paints in motion, to allow oneself to be guided by these materials, and to witness this living history, and a sense of our ancestors unfolding, through marks, colours & shapes ....