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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’?