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.
Whether gazing millions of light-years into deep space, or staring at a plant just a few inches away, you can only be struck by the beauty of form as it flows around and fills space.
Thistle at my feet
An alluring aspect of space-gazing is the language. The words are more than utilitarian descriptors. They rely as much on references to classical cultures as they do on technical classifications. I've marvelled at Hubble's 'top twenty' photographs and their captions, extracting some of the phrases used and re-ordered them into a kind of poem. It is reminiscent of early Pink Floyd lyrics.
Hubble has peered into the Sagittarius Star Cloud
Majesti appears as a whirlpool
Young stars reside in the curving spiral arms,
the formation of supermassive black holes.
'The Mice': a pair of galaxies
engaged in a celestial dance of cat and mouse.
A dense swarm of stars, patches of dust,
and a bright star cluster near the nucleus of the galaxy.
Saturn's four moons pass across its face.
The white icy moons Enceladus and Dione,
the large orange moon Titan, and icy Mimas.
Enceladus and Dione are preceded by their own shadows.