My partner and I treated ourselves to a trip out to Hodsock Priory to see their snowdrop display last weekend. It was a clear and sunny day. The Whispering Wood Folk outdoor theatre company were also performing a mix of storytelling, live music and thrilling aerial acrobatics in torchlight in the evening. So we thought we'd time it, so we could walk around the grounds and then see them when it got dark, which worked well. The grounds are not very big so you don't need a whole day there but it was pretty. The theatre was all about the start of Spring and it felt nice to break away from the Winter and look forward to the warmer weather.
I took some photos while we wandered around. Here's a few:
As part of my love of nature I watch quite a few nature programmes and there is a quite a few David Attenborough DVDs in my collection. Whenever I feel I've been hibernating in my home too much and haven't been outside enough I find inspiration from these programmes and I push myself to wrap up and get outside! I take quite a few photographs especially when I go for walks or visit nature reserves and find it useful as part of my studies of nature to pick out colours and patterns. When I was a child my family and I often visited woodland and National Trust gardens at the weekends and I enjoyed being surrounded by wildlife.
I've managed to catch BBC One's 'Wild Cameraman at Work' this week, which I would recommend to anyone interested in nature and photography. It covers five of the best nature cameraman who all live in Scotland and how Scotland has helped them hone their skills. Here is the link to the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014hqgz
There are so many memorable clips and I don't think I could pick a favourite subject.
Picture from Radio Times page: http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/wyj4v/wild-cameramen-at-work--s1-e1-ice/
I am pleased to call the city of Nottingham my home. It is in the heart of England and combines the modern and old well. For example, we have the historical venues such as the Castle and the Caves mixed with the modern Tram and Nottingham Contemporary. It is also perfectly located for travelling to other parts of the UK.
However the best part for me is how multicultural and creative the people are. There's also loads of events throughout the year and lots of large green spaces. You shouldn't get bored in Nottingham!
As an artist, living in a large city gives me more opportunities to exhibit. There's also art groups and societies for support. Being an artist can be lonely as you are working on your own a lot so it's good to be part of a larger network. During my degree I enjoyed discussing each others work so much. Giving and receiving ideas, critiques and encouragement if needed was very fulfilling.
Here's some photos of Nottingham....
I've just finished these two paintings - Burst and Glacier. My inspiration was from sunlight and bird wings for Burst and the flickers of colour I've seen in pictures of ice for Glacier. There is so much of the natural world that I'd like to capture, and I feel like I'm just beginning a huge collection of some kind. I don't think I'll ever struggle to find inspiration.
Before painting I tend to put up a mix of references from my photo collections on my wall and sit in my big office chair thinking about what I want to paint. While painting I concentrate on the mix of colours and pattern I want to use to create the mood I'd like to invoke. I tend to work on at least two paintings at a time as I leave them to dry between each bit of painting. In the mornings while brushing my teeth before work, I have a look at their current progress and think about what I'm going to do next. Breaking up the painting time and these small periods of reflection have helped me make more considered decisions about what to paint next and avoid mistakes.