The magical power of art inspired by nature

May 5, 2011 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

The past few months have not been easy.  Losing my father, after he suffered a long battle against cancer, has been a difficult and emotional time that has tinted my  life with sadness in the past year.   Trying to move E4C forward is also a constant battle, with funding in short supply to get projects off the ground, and rejection for innovative programmes becoming increasingly frustrating. On the business front, it’s a much tougher market place out there for service-based companies, making it harder and at times exhausting just to keep pace.  And to cap it all, whilst the recent crop of Bank Holidays has given me a well earned rest, it has meant that much of April has been written off as being unproductive. 

The culmination of all this left me feeling pretty down in the dumps until I started going through my Twitter feed this morning.  I’d even read on one of the postings that  “Twitter can make you happier”.  One of the ways it does this is by providing  a distraction which takes you away from your negative thoughts!  Well, it certainly did that, and my mood has been lifted tremendously by links to two blogs that have reminded me of the wonderful and magical power of art and nature. 

Art Discovery in Wales

The first Twitter discovery was an article and slideshow about a series of wall paintings that have been found in old toilet block due for demolition on a remote Welsh island off the Pembrokeshire coast.  Twitchers and other visitors there have documented sightings of rare birds by painting them on the walls.  Started in the 1960s, this practice continued for many years and there are now over 100 paintings.  Is this the modern equivalent of cave paintings?  Since the dawning of human consciousness, we have always felt the need to depict the world around us through art, and this is a wonderful example of this.  But what also lifted my spirits with this blog posting, is the story itself.  In an increasingly fast-paced world, and in a remote corner of the British Isles, a group of people have been quietly documenting the wild bird species in the most unlikeliest of places. 

To see the slideshow, follow the link:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/arts-in-wales/2011/05/04/stunning-wildlife-paintings-discovered-in-wales-91466-28635241/

The second posting I found on Twitter was a tweet that simply said:   “Sand Dancer – Enjoy!”  I was curious enough by this tweet to follow the link, and I’m so glad I did.  The Sand Dancer in question is artist, Peter Donnelly, who creates amazing “paintings” in the sand using a stick and a rake.  These are done on a large scale, and, by all accounts, he does not use plotting tools or visual perspective.  

When you are feeling down, seeing the passion with which someone else lives their life, in all its simplicity and self-belief, somehow inspires you with the motivation to face the day with a smile in your heart.

(Thank you to Eco Preservation Society for the original post)

I hope these two postings have the same effect on you, and bring a smile to your face too, and perhaps a little reflection on the wonders of nature, and the inspiration she gives us to use her as our muse.

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