The fantastic weather today has made it impossible not to feel uplifted. I have been concentrating over the last few days on papermaking and although I really enjoy the physical processes of making work it felt like a real treat to just walk and look at things. Its hard to resist the simple beauty of light on the trees and I took lots of photos. Even if it doesn't seem at the time to be connected to a specific peice of work, days like today always feed back into the work somewhere.
'The Big Draw' at St George's Church was a good experience although I did have to contend with the effects of the postal strike on my publicity mail-out. I involved a couple of other artists, Claire Rye (who will be following me as artist in residence at the church) and her friend Tom who were both brilliant and helped inspire all sorts of creativity from the people who joined us for the day.
I had decided that I wasn't going to impose my view of 'drawing' on people, instead they could draw however they wanted as long as they responded to the building and the setting. We suggested some starting points and off they went! Interestingly enough a lot of people homed-in on the writing in the building and on the gravestones. In a churchyard of course, the same words appear frequently but it doesn't stop them being evocative.
There is so much to do at the moment that there seems little time to actually write about it. This week I am sending out the last press releases to the local papers about the 'Big Draw' event at St George's Church on 13 October, ordering materials for a new landscape piece and actually assisting another artist on her community art project. Back when she asked me to help, October seemed very empty, there seemed plenty of time to just have a stint of being employed for three days!
Outside in the landscape the weather is changing and I am very much looking forward to working with the new light and new colours. Back to mud I suppose!