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.
Although two seasons have passed since my shelter was dismantled, the experience continues to inform my work. The tumbling of the sky over the land, the scouring by rainwater, and the exposure of rock and buried peat all contribute to the way the composition forms itself.
It's haymaking time just now, and the patterns of the hay meadows are accentuated as the hay is cut, dried, turned and bailed. The sun early in the morning and late in the evening floods over the fellsides, picking out the drama and tensions between the wild gills, the tamed meadows and the drystone walls that separate them.