Well here once again....December is coming to a close and as per usual I am filled with both trepidation and excitement at the prospect of beginning a new year. It helps to have plans and a few dreams and hopes too. The main thing is to keep positive and embrace whatever life throws at you.
|Oil and earth on card|
In the mad run up to Christmas this year I was keen to do some painting and get some tangible ideas down. I did manage a few pieces on card and feel relatively enthused by the potential in them. Still drawn to the wild landscapes of Northumberland and the inclusion of burnt peat in these studies adds another dimension which I am enjoying ...it's fairly unpredictable and it's archival fragility feels irresponsible which I like!
|Tiny studies on card|
|All at sea|
|Oil on card float mounted on deep wooden frame|
|View from Hepburn|
|Small night walk|
I worry constantly that I somehow might run out of ideas but the landscape keeps giving. I've written about this many times in other posts .... it's all down to the light and the weather. A place so familiar can offer up so many new things at different times and on different days. The Antarctic is not exactly a familiar place for any mortal but listening to the Forum the other day on Radio 4 it was fascinating to hear the photographer Camille Seaman talk about her methods used whilst photographing icebergs...she never photographs in bright sunlight...only in overcast and stormy conditions, these particular light conditions provide her with unique colour and shade unseen in brighter conditions. Stunning images and really worth checking out.
We have been out walking and bouldering in between the storms, strange weather patterns lately, like shifts, 3 days on, 3 days off kind of pattern. So no matter the form we've taken the opportunity to get out.
|Looking towards Ruberslaw...River Teviot in Flood|
|Gillean going for it|
|Little study-just for fun|
|Sunday 29th December|
|On the way out|
If you have been reading,thank you and here's to a peaceful and very creative 2014 :)