Something for the Weekend…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist
“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
George Eliot
Autumn, that most melancholy of seasons, is proving to be decidedly capricious; sunrises of glorious light, heralding days filled with the brightest of blues and coppery hues interspersed with watery days – inspiring in their own way, with colour palettes of greys, golds and yellows…
Carolyn J Roberts Artist
Carolyn J Roberts Artist

 

 

 

 

 

The trees are the stars of the show…along with the glowing colours, who has not enjoyed walking through a carpet of leaves, rustling and crunching with each footstep….? And in celebration of trees, and another favourite pastime of mine – listening to the wind as it weaves it’s way through the leaves and branches – I came across this BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The Susurrations of Trees’

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The Susurrations of Trees

Thomas Hardy wrote that people could identify a tree by its susurration, the sound of leaves in the wind. Writer Bob Gilbert listens and hears how poets and musicians capture this…

Presenter: Bob Gilbert
Producer: Julian May

I will certainly listen more carefully to the nuances of their songs…

Along with the visual arts, songs and sounds, another source of inspiration is the written word…which brings me to my ‘Instagram Artist of the Week’ – Gabrielle Kingsley a.k.a ‘thistlequiff‘… who creates the most evocative ‘found poetry’ art…

On backgrounds of digital images, some colourful, some muted, Gabrielle uses found text to produce works that are sometimes poignant, sometimes expressive…at others redolent of times, places, emotions…

Gabrielle Kingsley

This one above reminds me of my early morning walks by the river, silvery light edging the clouds as the sun begins to emerge and the mist rolls across the surface of the water…wisps drifting along, weaving and curling their way downstream…

Gabrielle Kingsley
The Sky Goes on Forever and the Wind has a Name – thistlequiff

… this one transports me back to summer, long hot days, skies of the brightest blue…and on the wind, the scent of flowers…punctuated by the sound of bees dancing from blossom to blossom…

…and, as November creeps towards December…

Gabrielle Kingsley
November – thistlequiff
Gabrielle Kingsley
November – thistlequiff

…this poem reminds me that although the days are shortening and winter is beginning to don it’s mantle, nature knows more surely than I, that light and life will emerge once more…

…but in the meantime…

Gabrielle Kingsley

Do go and check out Gabrielle’s work and Instagram feed…you are sure to find a poem that speaks to you…
Just as important to me for inspiration are places that hold special meaning for me… I grew up on the edge of the fenlands of Lincolnshire, as the crow flies, only a few miles from The Wash, a square shaped estuary on the east coast of England, fed by three rivers…bleak, beautiful, an area of mudflats, saltmarshes leading to open water…and so, when I watched this BBC programme (seems to be the week for the BBC…) ‘Into the Wind‘,

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Into the Wind

Writer and birdwatcher Tim Dee walks the flatlands of The Wash on a quest to capture the elusive sound of ‘pure’ wind. A poetic, mesmeric film from film-maker Richard Alwyn.

…I was taken back to my childhood; the landscape in this film is so familiar…walking atop the banks, looking across the arable lands edged by dykes, man-made lines (lines that I find creep into my work…), hearing the wind and the birds, intermittently drowned out by the jets screaming overhead…and the light… This film really provides an insight into the landscape where I grew up…and the influences that emerge in my work…

(This film is only available for around three more weeks…)

I very much seem to be in an exploratory stage with my practice; trying different materials, practising, practising, discovering how mediums work, finding whispers of things I like, possibilities…

From a spot of mono-printing:

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

to experimenting with acrylics/mixed media resulting in lots of ‘collage material’…and one I like..

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…along with watercolours, shades of blue; again, lots of experiments…and eventually, something emerges…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I have no idea how I will develop these …but that’s all part of being an artist; taking risks, making mistakes, failing…and yet still carrying on, practising, evolving, continuing to explore, to experiment…searching for that elusive moment when my intuition goes…’Yes!!’

And so, as Autumn colours fade…and nature slows…I look for beauty in the seemingly lacklustre…

‘Not everything is black or white

Some things are lonely grey

Like windows looking out on rain at dusk

Or the bitter pain in winter skies

when all the birds are gone…’

H. Joanne Hardee, from “Some Things Are Grey”

Have a great weekend,

Take Care

Cx

 

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