22/02/2009

Walking, laughing at cows and reflections on process

This is where I walked today - not many of these old signs still around!


As you can see the sun came out - the light was marvellous and the wind of yesterday subsided - a lovely day to stretch my legs (and the rest of me!) Yorkshire really does have some great countryside

I sat eating my lunch, looked up and a line of 'striped' cattle were plodding across the field, what a sight! Apparently they are an old breed from Southern Scotland called Galoways - I have never seen a striped cow before - the little one in the middle was very engaging! And they made me laugh!!
I deleted a lot of photos when I got home as I have resolved to keep only the ones that matter and that doesn't mean they have to be a 'good' photo but it has to mean something to me - like these two - not very good photos but I like the images
I wondered, when I said I was going to take a day off yesterday, whether you ever really do this as an artist? Whatever I'm working on is my constant companion - yes I am relaxed about it and not doing work as such but I am aware of little seeds in the mind waiting for my body to relax and give them nourishment so they push the work up into the world - isn't that what is magic about being an artist! (and sometimes exhausting!) I take the camera on my walks too so always have my eye open for an image of course!!
I was also reflecting on what Jeanne said about not understanding the instructions for the bookwork (the last post comments) - I am not sure I understand whats happening fully myself - for now I am interpreting as best I can the instructions sent me from another participant. Questions are beginning to arise from other participants like 'who owns the work that is created'? I think the exhibition is going to raise lots of interesting comments and questions!

11 comments:

Luisa Santos said...

those cows are beautiful, never seen cows like that before. pics of walking are always great, love theses ones.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Great walk report! I enjoyed it.

Char said...

love the whimsy of the striped cows and I really adore the aqua door.

Jeane said...

these landscapes are amazing! and striped cows?! - crazy funny - they don't look real - like cardboard cutouts......

notmassproduced said...

lovely pics and those sheep look like they've been guerilla knitted

notmassproduced said...

sorry - i mean cows!!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

You had the best walk...including those cows! I fell a little in love with that blue yet green door...thank you for sharing. I have now rambled!!

Wild Somerset Child said...

'Seeds in the Mind ...' - once an artist, or writer, or anyone creative, you never truly switch off. That is the beauty, and the curse. Sometimes I want to scream at the thoughts that fly, but on balance could not bear it if my mind was a total blank. Never let it end.

Seth said...

I second what Char said...those cows! That door!

grrl+dog said...

Interesting.. you seem to be in a transitionm period.. going form one artisitic place to a deeper one.

How wonderful to see what sort of artisit butterfly you will be next.
Oh, and the projects, they breathe through you, you are just the facilitator, In my humble opinion. I feeel like a servant to the muse most of the time..I mean, when the groove is really on.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I so enjoyed your photographs. I miss walks and sights like these. I am from the Northeast of England but now reside in Yellow Springs, Ohio.