Lately I find that the natural world is informing my creative work more and more. While I cannot clearly express the ‘why’ of this, I am immensely grateful for these ongoing occurrences. It is interesting to me that there doesn’t seem to be a singular theme to this trend – it’s not only references to trees, or water, or birds – it’s the whole of it: the grimy inconveniences and unfortunate turns of the weather along with the Magritte-esque skies and Monet-like moments among the lily pads.
Whether I am capturing the essence of a place, as in my Oceansong series, or jotting a quick Haiku to remember a moment: it is increasingly the beauties of nature that appear – again and again. One might argue that perhaps I am a bit more aware and therefore more receptive to these cues; however, it seems ‘bigger’ than that (?) Whatever the impetus, I am loving the outcome!
My latest workshop offering also takes a turn on the carousel of loveliness provided by the profundity of this time of year. Print Naturally is a fun-filled look at nature printing with the GELLI Plate (a synthetic gelatin plate for monoprinting). I absolutely love the riotous merging of Spring into Summer – everything is so fresh and lush and GREEN. Trees, vines, shrubbery, and agricultural endeavors blend harmoniously into the most amazing assortment of hues – it can be somewhat overwhelming!? Later in the Summer, everything gets so bedraggled from the heat and battering of summer storms. But now, NOW things are at their verdant peak! *sw00n!*
An added bonus to the Your Creative Connection experience is the copious beauty of the locations for each of our events. All of the photos on our website were taken at the Haw River State Park, where we will convene for four glorious days of creative exploration in October. The play of light through the trees, the gentle breeze whispering its secrets to the Long Leaf Pines, and the twinkle of stars in a clear night sky… We can hardly wait to revel in this hide-away of natural inspiration with you! Registration is quick and easy – you can reserve your seat today with the payment of your deposit ($150). Please note: today (05/31) is the last day to take advantage of our 3-payment option. Take a look around, and please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Until next time!