I am endlessly fascinated by shadows & silhouette where light is chased into corners & things take on an ethereal quality. The clear skied evenings have given us such spectacular Autumn sunsets this year, casting magical shadow puppet shows through the windows, edging all with gold and tinting with pink.
On a visit to the local neolithic site of Cairnholy, one such sunset inspired me to begin work on a new painting. I wanted to capture the mystery & essence of times long past that I felt at this ancient burial cairn. It is a Clyde chambered neolithic Cairn, meaning it has upright stones on either side of the entrance and is thought to be one of the earliest type. Finds from the site included a leaf shaped arrowhead and an axe with jadeite, a rare green stone that came from the Alps. The axe is now in the Royal Museum of Scotland In Edinburgh. More info on the cairn here & here.
At last it is done “At the end of the day ~Cairnholy” and now available as prints here in my Etsy store. For some reason on my laptop it looks much lighter than the original & prints.
As Autumn rolls by and peaceful evenings descend upon our wee cottage it is always a time of reflection for me. This year for a goodly while I have felt off balance & out of sorts, I realised my work & my art had all got a little too serious & un~enjoyable, something I hear happens to so many creative folk.
After much reflection my solution is to take a chunk of time out. I am hoping I can learn to play & get messy & be imperfect again with my creativity, to feel inspired again. So with that in mind I have signed up to try one of Jani Franc's e~courses, exciting & scary, but already proving to be great fun. So I am settling in for Autumn here in our wee cottage, looking forward to log fires, cosy evenings, and much getting messy & playing.
I wonder what does Autumn mean for you, do you find it a time of reflection, feel the need for a re-charge, If so what practices or rituals do you find help you ?