the raven, the rook & the guillemot, wh! 18413

i am without time and without form with you
a friend from hereafter
this, my home

as often mentioned, the importance of connecting with the more-than-human, the land and fellow beings about my home, to just spend time here, to allow time to feel, to see and to heal and to be consequently open to inspiration, is an essential element of my arts practice, and arguably of any healthy participation in this miraculous existence. this short film and set of images documents one such circuit, one small journey, one mindful walk around my home – northam country park and westward ho! in north devon.

the best painting i have seen for ages II, westward ho! ( p ward 2013the best painting i have seen for ages II, westward ho! ( p ward 2013)

wave drawing in sand, westward ho! (p ward 2013) wave drawing in sand, westward ho! (p ward 2013)

concrete bridge across the pebble ridge, westward ho! (p ward 2013) concrete bridge across the pebble ridge, westward ho! (p ward 2013)

raven on the ridge, westward ho! (pward 2013) raven on the ridge, westward ho! (p ward 2013)

guillemot with raven footprints, westward ho! (pward 2013) deceased guillemot with raven footprints, westward ho! (pward 2013)

raven moving guillemot, westward ho! (pward 2013) raven moving deceased guillemot, westward ho! (pward 2013)

molehill soil balls, northam burrows country park (p ward 2013molehill soil balls, northam burrows country park (p ward 2013)

rushes and dry grass, northam burrows (p ward 2013)rushes and dry grass, northam burrows (p ward 2013)

while I feel privileged to enjoy my time with nature – others are not so fortunate to live within easy reach of such obvious beauty – a classically grounded education in the arts has deeply enriched my everyday experience, helping me see more clearly, to observe more rigorously, to feel more deeply and to appreciate and enjoy the wonder of life as a whole. it may not be for everyone to paint or to become what has been traditionally known as an ‘artist’, but the skills, insights and experience that the arts give, combined with an informed respect for the natural world, will most often make us more contented and creative beings in every aspect of our lives. on days such as these when all I see and everything I do becomes a thing of immense beauty, an intricate part of this rich complex tapestry of life, I am more than grateful to be alive. my only desire is to share such joy with others, to enrich lives as mine has been enriched and to continue to do so…

P Ward 2013

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