This month’s workshop is inspired by nature. As I write this update, the sun is streaming down and there’s a Magritte blue sky with whispery light clouds. The birds are singing, and you can almost hear the grass growing..
Nature has been the inspiration for artists and creatives throughout human existence. From the crude drawings of pre-historic man, through to the landscapes of Constable and Turner. Yet how we harness nature for our own creativity is not as predictable as it may sound.
Nature is all around us. I want us to look at nature, not as ‘watercolour challenge’ or a Constable ‘village scene’ but something vibrant and dynamic that can inspire!
Begin to look at nature with fresh eyes. Begin to see nature as a tool for creation. I have a few exercises which may help…
- Find a place in nature – this can be remote, a park, a garden, even an urban environment
- Take time to notice what is around you – what do you see? Make a note of everything in your place in nature.
- Take a slow walk, again noticing the bounty of nature around you. If you want to stop, pick something up, study it, do.
- Take time to study in depth a piece of nature, – a leaf, a hill, a berry, a cone, a feather – maybe sketch it, maybe take it home with you.
- The wonder of nature is in its perfection on a miniature scale– a bumblebee’s tiny wings, the veins on a leaf, the spiral on a snail’s shell.
- The cyclical nature of nature is everywhere. See new birth, life, death, growth, and reproduction. Does this have parallels in our own lives?
- What are we doing to this environment we live in? What is our relationship to it?
- How does it make you feel? What are its smells, tastes, sounds? Make a note of them.
- Nature is awash with colour, vibrant and full of life, let nature’s colours inspire you, be the starting point of a new piece of creation.
- What shapes can you find in nature? Take the outlines/shapes use them in your own work.
Nature is vast. It is a vast topic to cover in such a small workshop. But if the British summer does hold out, do take the time to go somewhere new and record in whatever way suits your own creativity, the way it makes you feel.