In what way does nature inspire me?

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I try to go for a walk every day. There is one road, so my choice of route is dependent on the wind. If I go towards West I have a view over fields and water, and if I turn East, I have a fjord on my left and a wood on my right. Every day is different, and every day brings a new perspective to life and art.

Today I took the eastern way. The sky was a mix of grey, blue and a little rose, the shadows long and the trees bare silhouettes. I tried to look at my view with a 2D perspective, trying in my mind to set up a canvas or cut a piece of cloth – what are the main areas, what defines a muddy field contra a grey-silvery piece of still water?

What is it about nature that inspires me and make me take lots of photos. Just not now, my phone doesn´t like the cold so the battery goes flat after a little while.

I am planning to bring a little notebook and some Neopastels with me every time I go out. I want to try to capture different impressions this way than by always taking photos.

I wonder, what am I going to do with all these photos, all this inspiration? Or do I need to use it for anything, isn´t part of natures wonder to be self consistent and omnipotent – what is it I use?

Is it the light, the texture, the colour, does it inspire feelings or am I looking for the essence – the formless behind the form?

And if that is the case, how to?

A few words from two of my favorite artists;

David Hockney in A bigger Message by Martin Gayford;

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a psysiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it is transmitted by your hands. Page 84-85.

I think I need to read this book again – love it 🙂

Matisse as cited in Matisse, in search of true painting edited by Dorthe Aagesen and Rebecca Rabinow;

Well, take that table, for example, he said, pointing to one nearby, on which stood a jar of nasturtiums. I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me… page 63

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