the wild studio experience
- in the early spring of 2010, I made a shelter for observing, drawing and making artwork, high up on the fellside behind my North Pennines home in England's north.
Since that time I've tried exploring other landscapes with a similar immersion in their environments. This (b)log describes my progress and some other works.
After having stayed very quiet in one place, you begin to notice that the natural world, which at first recoiled from your presence, gradually gets back to its business. Close-at-hand, all sorts of relationships form, fall apart and reform, and at all sorts of timeframes. The contrasts of dark and light seem to intensify, and colour emerges from where there seemed little before. Further afield, where your presence is almost insignificant, clouds and sunlight play on the gradients and planes, reflect off water or become absorbed into clefts.
I've been preparing some new artwork for an exhibition at High Cup Winery, which is open from 18th June - 29th August, and based on the North Pennines around High Cup Nick.