I’m sure if you are reading this you are a creative type, we are drawn to each other, so you already know those ‘ Dr Zhivago’ moments
It’s almost a year now that I’ve been enjoying solace following the river Wharfe, seeing her almost daily and in all her moods. I find great inspiration in allowing myself the time to commune with nature around me, but today was even more special than most days.
Today really was a Zhivago moment, I didn’t have to break the snow off the train window but I did ‘see’ some things for the first time, and the ‘light bulb’ went on. Maybe it’s because spring is on it’s way and the sunshine and birdsong made me feel I was breaking free from the winter that had started to become rather tedious. Or maybe it was because I didn’t take my camera, instead of happily snapping I stood and looked, and looked………….and looked. Layer upon layer of observations flowed through my mind mirroring the river gushing beneath my feet. The water is low but crystal clear, the peaty bronze water I’ve previously observed has given way to transparency, aqua tints (reminding me of my mothers enamel bucket full of clean water on wash days) creamy white foam, and sparkling diamond droplets bejewelled by the sunlight. The rocks look scrubbed after the winter scourings the dark cracks and crevices standing out from the soft warm neutral greys of the limestone. On gazing further I could make out soft peach, or ‘champagne’ tones which are of course this seasons ‘must have’ colours, my mind gave thought to teaming them with soft sepia brown or dark green and streaks of gold or copper. The seeds for a whole range of hand painted china, fused glass and jewellery ideas had been planted. I’ve known for some time that my ‘reason d’etre’ is simply to express my love of nature, as a designer maker I can do that through my art using whichever medium I feel does this best. I’d love to start working on something right now but I can’t so in writing this I hope I will return to show you the fruits of my labour.
Too bad I have no pictures to share from today but if I had maybe I wouldn’t have observerd in such detail and today wouldn’t have been so special.