I have spent many very happy hours with a wonderful student from Avalon who’s everyday work revolves around the written word, exploring with her all manner of media and techniques as she gains a confidence in her visual creativity to equal her literary skills.
On occasion, we gain inspiration through ‘tasting’ the materials and approaches of artists we admire – Christo, Ken Unsworth, and on one glorious day at Palm Beach, the wonderful Andy Goldsworthy.
His are works I find myself constantly returning to – his understanding of the natural environment, it’s materials, locations, lighting and complex geometries. And his total embracing of ‘time’ and the ‘ephemeral’ as important contributing elements of his works.
My own efforts pale by comparison, but that’s irrelevant to the process. For me, exercises like this are all about stepping outside of your normal creative habits and methodologies – embracing opportunity and happenstance – immersing yourself in the present and perhaps truly ‘looking’ instead of (as we are often wont to do) simply ‘seeing’?