Art in the Autumn Woods

I stood in a shower of leaves that came clattering down like heavy raindrops. Later on I saw them gliding through the air like a flock of birds. I gathered up some of the brightest yellow ones as I wandered… and by the time I reached my chosen site, some of them had already turned quite brown. Here’s the work I made, called ‘Fall’.


A few days later, I’m back in the woods again – to catch the one day of the week I knew would be warm and sunny.

Always the underlying peace and silence amidst the multitude of quiet woodland sounds – wind, air, water, leaves birds…

Bucks Valley Woods: walking into the autumn sun

Walking into the blinding sun, its rays tangible, like a white ghost

Walking out into the warm autumn sunlight at Bucks Valley WoodsWalking out the other side,  I feel the sun’s warmth on my neck.

Coming back down the steep track was hazardous – the ground thick with slippery wet leaves, puddles, mud and nasty-looking stones.

I stopped halfway down and spent an awfully long time collecting golden leaves. Then I goldleafline_lindagordon_151102_0004_LRwent off elsewhere and spent another awfully long time collecting some more. Then I spent an awfully short time making the piece pictured below. I soon saw I hadn’t got the poetics quite right, and planned to come back the following day to do a better version: Version 2.

I didn’t, of course.






About throughstones

I am primarily a visual artist, living on the North Devon coast, a beautiful semi-rural area in South West England. I am interested in full engagement with 'place' and the eternal movement of life - particularly as it relates to what we call 'the natural environment'.
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14 Responses to Art in the Autumn Woods

  1. VocareMentor says:

    All of these are really nice images! I was surprised by the first one, ‘Fall.’ So simple. – Excellent!


  2. Lovely to find you in the woods again! Like Jann, I really like the leaves on the tree trunk piece. Our autumn, has not been as colorful as in year’s past.


  3. wonderful! I saw this on Sydney’s blog 🙂


  4. sydney says:

    Reblogged this on sydney lancaster: hand & eye and commented:
    A lovely post on ephemeral land-based work from an artist ‘across the pond’. Deftly captures the magic that is making in this way: the active conversation that takes place between the maker and the environment, the moments of just-the-right-light or the-perfect-colour that makes this type of work an active collaboration.
    A good way to start the week.


    • Thanks so much Sydney for your appreciative comment and for reblogging… It means a lot to me, and warms my heart! This sort of work is definitely a collaboration with the natural world, rather than an imposition. I have been looking at your recent posts (York), and resonate with many of your themes, although in a very different setting – like the importance of places of sanctuary. I keep going away to think about your work, then forget to come back to comment…. but I will definitely be in touch about it soon!!

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      • sydney says:

        Thanks so much for your comments as well. I welcome your thoughts on YORK, and any of the other projects I have up. Beginning to bring a new project together – it will take some time and a good bit of work before I can actually make the work, but it’s exciting to think about the possibilities already. Yes, there’s something so important in the particularity of place, and of the things thin that place. The way the land and the objects in/on it have a very specific sequence of connections. Each place allows different things, has its own voice. It’s such a privilege to work within that dialogue.

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  5. Jann Wirtz says:

    love particularly the leaves down the tree trunk… but how did you get them up the top?? do you carry a ladder around with you?


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