You can take the city girl to the country but if you take the city girl to a farm and expect photos of cows, mountains, and grass…you may be disappointed. Yes, it definitely was beautiful…the mountain, the cows, the sea glistening, the mountain against a clear blue sky….stunning!
But what really excited me (on a Sunday ten kilometre fund raising cross-farm walk) was none of these…it was the walls of an old dairy factory we visited. Others may have seen some old concrete, some run-down old farm buildings, some exterior walls in need of repair, or just ignored the building (in favour of the water and biscuits), but I saw striking shapes, interesting colours, lots of texture, dramatic angles…I saw shadows and light play on the wall and I knew that to me, this was beautiful. How typical of me to find inspiration in a building when I am surrounded by absolutely stunning rural farm, coastal and mountain scenery.
I know it’s mid february and its been a while since you heard from me…Forgive me for an absence, I needed a break to regroup, focus, and re-energise as I felt I was in a bit of a rut creatively speaking! (I also got married and the princess started school – so it’s been a time of lots of change for me). You will see a few little tweaks on this blogsite – a fresh new banner image for 2015. Let me know what you think.
The Black Box Art Studio facebook site is also back up after a break…please join us there for more informal news and updates and sharing of information/ideas/thoughts….It’s agreat forum for sharing comments and suggestions. You can find it on the right side of the blog page.
I am also busy working on a website which will be operational soon as well. So, it’s very exciting times and I thank you for hanging in there with me…Without your support, Black Box Art Studio (Blog, Face Book and website) would not be here and I would not be as motivated by you all to be creative and inspired.
So, I am back with some new images, plans and inspiration. Here is a photo of the back of a building I saw recently. I have been spending lots of time in different cities recently. I loved how someone had, for an unknown reason, painted one huge corner portion of the building in a bright yellow. it contrasted so well with the gritty brick and industrial window and graffiti.
What is beyond the gates? Yes they are rusted, broken and crumbling down…but they are also strangely inviting, inspiring, and interesting. There is something romantic, glamorous and slightly spooky about them…I wonder what I would find if I could venture up the stairs.
I always look up.
These are three of the images I took in a city I have not lived in for over ten years, but recently visited briefly. I observed my new but not entirely unknown environment, considering the streets as I walked. Both public and private spaces, and public and private buildings, old and derelict, new and everything in between was found.
I like to consider what makes a place interesting, vibrant, beautiful, eccelctic and what it is that draws us in, to linger and stay, play and be ourselves.