Last Friday we travelled to Canberra for Craig to compete in an MTBO event (mountain bike orienteering). I tagged along for company and to have a few days to relax and make art.
I took along my gelli plate and paints and papers, and whilst Craig was out riding, I set up my art studio in the motorhome and got to work. But it didn't flow, it didn't work. I wasn't producing anything I really liked. And I hated that feeling!
But after another walk in the fresh air amongst the trees and bird calls, I realised that my inability to print (anything that I considered worthwhile) was not a disaster. What was more important was allowing myself the space and time to reconnect with nature.
My few days in the forests near Canberra gave me the time to collect leaves, play with my gelliplate, think, think and think. To listen to the bird sounds floating on the air, feel the stillness at dusk, blowflies buzzing, surrounded by air not walls. And not being stuck in my normal 'daily' routine.
I am truly thankful for the opportunity.
|Relaxing outside our motorhome at Namadgi National Park|
|My temporary art studio in the motorhome|
|Some of the prints, beautiful gum leaves with|
lots of damage from caterpillars
|Craig checking his GPS on a walk at |
Namadgi National Park.
I love this photo as it really shows off
the gorgeous landscape - tall white gums,
wildflowers, and grasses
|A Satin Bowerbird checking out our offering of|
a piece of blue rope.
He had already taken of our blue pegs back to his bower.
Unfortunately he rejected the rope -
not good enough to impress his girl I guess!
|Swamplands at Namadgi National Park|
|Blue Tongued Lizard by the side of the track.|
Didn't get a good photo of the brown snake unfortunately!