This blog was started as a part of a small local event: the Essential Nature Art Walks, which took place back in June in the beautiful and fascinating area of the North Devon Coast. Even though this may not be your locality, and you may not even have heard of North Devon, I hope something in these posts will resonate with you, and give you pleasure.
Thinking locally and living close to the land is, I believe, extremely important in giving us a sense of belonging and solidity. So much of our culture tends to separate us from our felt connection with life, the environment and each other. Life is fragmented, glimpsed through screens: windscreens, computer screens, TV screens…
My own approach as an artist is often one of solitary wandering – tuning in to my surroundings and allowing them to work upon me. It is a way of connecting – not to mention developing knowledge, awareness and sensitivity to the processes of
nature and the myriad life-forms all around.
Just over a year ago, I thought it was time to start sharing my working process with others… and so the project started – with a few tentative ideas and some encouragement from the AONB. People have continued to make creative work inspired by the walks, and now, to round off the project, we are about to show our work at the North Devon Library in Barnstaple.
What a brilliant way to finish up! I will try to make a video for you to see on this blog. Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos from the walks, and a recent poem by one of the participants, Jann Wirtz:
Ocean hush.. blue and yellow heat
wind booms across the ear.
Pale calligraphy of stones…
marram heads dip and plume.
The long white lines curl, join, collapse.
The sky moves to grey pearl
and rain blurs the horizon.
giants in rock streaked with iron,
spattered with bright lichen.
Outwards, patterns of acid green
where weed drapes stones in shallow pools.
The rain is coming in.
A man draws with a stick in the sand,
sharply reflected in a shine of water.
A skylark rises into the darkening sky…
rain on my page.