This summer has been too long, too hot,too humid and too draining. In Australia the current season has been very fierce with weeks of hot and humid days as well as many fierce fires and storms.No doubt many others, like me, are wishing for an Autumn that might bring cooler days and gentle,refreshing rain and fear that climate change has greatly impacted Natures ability to heal and recover.
Pondering about this much desired change of season, reminded me of these little sprites that were made last year ; tiny beings who indicate that each season has its specific character and tasks necessary for nature to create and replenish.
This is perhaps a truer depiction of the Colours of Christmas on the Gold Coast. However,our local councils have set up artificial, plastic pine decorated Christmas trees where there are groves of tall majestic Bunyas , Norfolk island pines or similar types of fir like trees.
If eyes were fully open they might notice that Nature has been busy making her seasonal statement.
To me this practice of favouring plastic replication is bewildering . It seems as if there is an encouragement to consider that the true beauty of the natural world is tawdry and that artificial replicas represent beauty and reality. Or is it another means of assisting and encouraging disconnection, of making people desensitized to the world around them,unable to discern and to seek knowledge and wisdom for themselves?
Sometimes an owl just needs to say hello.Lately the owls have been around adding another dimension to the night.
This one was sketched using the computer programme Paint and the touch pad. The result surprised me as I have not played on the computer for a time, also enabling me to update the blog as there are still issues with uploading new photos .
For now sketching has to be put aside as this is a busy time for crafting with felt.
Spring is in full glory once more in our Southern hemisphere. Blossoming is at its peak. All around colours and scents are rich and delightful. There is a sense of focused busyness as nature tries to ensure the future.
Spring inspires. Below is an embroidery on wool felt that was stitched last year.This project drew inspiration from the blossoms in the top picture and also tried to connect to older symbols of Easter eggs,babies and blossoms for new life and new hope.
Above all Spring is an experience of joyful beauty
It was Albert Einstein who said “Look deep into nature then you will understand everything better”. He understood that relativity was not just the application of mathematics but a much deeper perspective that needed observation,imagination and creativity , that element of wonder that creates a greater awareness and understanding of the universe .
This picture of the seashore seems to encapsulate the story of creation. Minute particles merging to create new forms,larger structures breaking down into minute particles; the timeless cycle of growth,decay and transformation that is the very essence of nature,life,evolution.
It is time to go outside, to observe and to meditate.
There is no mistaking that Spring has come . Buds and blossoms, birds and bees are in abundance.The air is sweetly perfumed .
The hum of bees is evident as soon as you step outdoors, so much so the air seems to be vibrating.
The garden is in full bloom.
The workroom has also been in creative mode. Spring has had an impact . Little mushroom homes for mice are on the agenda this week and they all have needed bright,lush garden borders .Small woodland creatures have also appeared from felt and wool roving .
However, the computer is still being grumpy and will not accept new photos so I must leave these images to your imagination, or perhaps a browse on some older posts.
Every so often my computer will not allow me to add photos, as is the case presently, and very frustrating . The gremlins seem to be busy this month and I am trying to negotiate with them , even thinking I might be able to scan something only to find the printer has also succumbed. Grr.
However searching files that are available revealed a pirate to share. He began like this
However a little more research made it very clear that pirates were not nice at all. There has been a lot of touching up and romanticising about them.They were thieves and murderers, women and men who preyed,at times under the protection and orders of rulers and governments. My pirate changed.
Once again the allure of the sea has inspired a nature mat.This was a work in progress as the weather changed and wild seas battered the coast.This mat depicts a more serene aspect of the sea, a calm rock pool that invites imaginative play and story telling.
After the wildness of the weekend a rosy sunset glowed on a sea that was tame again.
It seems to have become more difficult to post, because of fearing to be repetitious and boring. After a while even new projects seem to take on a similarity, although I can see, sometimes, an improvement or a new way of presenting a former theme.
Here are some newly created characters, miniature needle felted rabbits. They bring back to mind visiting one of Beatrix Potter’s homes “Hilltop” at Sawry in the Lakes District of England. Much to my delight we saw two rabbits ,pictured below,frolicking in a field.
In the main wild rabbits are considered to be a major pest. Here in Australia they were introduced and have multiplied too well endangering native species ( this introduction being a consequence of ignorance and folly of man, not the fault of the rabbit).
As a pet or subject in art or literature rabbits become endearing. In the whole scheme of nature they have a purpose and a reason, for everything is connected and relevant.Sadly the interconnection of all things has been forgotten and abused . The balance of nature is now much compromised and too many creatures,including humans, face extinction.
As happens with rabbits, these little characters are multiplying too! The only danger they represent is a pull at the heartstrings.