For me creating is motivated by a desire to connect. Today, producing something to look at is just as important as reaching out and feeling more deeply.
I am in an area of old farmer's fields and bird-rich wetlands. Long thin strips of purple headed grass sway in the breeze to the call of red-winged blackbirds, chittering swallows, geese, herons and ravens. Turkey vultures thermal-soar in the distance. Last year's bull rushes spread their fluff in the breeze and dandelions are in bloom while others are in fluffy form ready to seed the world, depending on where I look.
New spring growth has fully blossomed and now gone to seed, sparking new dandelion life on a windy whim. My child companions want to pick and blow this seed head that draws me in but I want to commune just a short while longer so I can savour this moment of tender abundant potential. I feel this way myself- standing alone in a vast area, trying to hold myself together, while the wind seduces me into letting go to full release into the unknown. So I savour this moment with photographs, drawings and paintings that I share here.
I start by drawing what I see using both hands in turn, then I draw what I feel also using both hands, followed by two shadow drawings and two paintings of the feeling connection I have with the dandelion.