Everyone has been moved by art at some time in their life, whether they consider themselves to be ‘arty’ or not. Art is a form of expression and just as it has been created in a specific frame of mind, so can it influence mood when viewed.
Art can also be used as a tool to help people to relax, unwind and take time out from our very busy lives. When it is translated into our natural surroundings it can have an even deeper influence. Richard Long, the Land Artist states: ‘I have the most profound feelings when I am walking, or touching natural materials in natural places’.
What better way to relax than making an effort to let simple creative expression ease out that inner tension and work you into a state of inspired self-possession?
To take time out of a hectic schedule to create a work of art, when you have absolutely no idea where to start, or idea of whether you might even be able to paint, could be quite a challenge for some people. However, if you were to attend a specially designed course: introduction to watercolours you will start to feel more comfortable with your own individual artistic style (there is never a right or wrong way with art – just your conviction that this is how you want it to look). Even better, if you can be inspired by natural surroundings. Often we look at the nature around us, but rarely do we ‘see’ it.
Pablo Picasso said: ‘All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up’
There is an unpredictability and uncontrollable nature of watercolour painting that makes it probably the most exciting and expressive medium in art. There is the opportunity to wander somewhere between mastery and complete lack of control during the course of a painting and this is what makes it one of the most engaging mediums. For the first timers, it is useful and insightful to have the benefit of some instruction from a professional tutor, for example: Keith Dunford who is the tutor used by us at Clue Hill Farm. The woods, pond and surrounding hayfields provide the most inspirational back drop for any aspiring artist.
‘Life is the art of drawing without and eraser’ John W Gardner