Why do I take photographs? What am I trying to capture? I’m always more interested in the effects of light on a subject…it can transform and highlight an otherwise ordinary view of something. Things otherwise overlooked can be brought to our attention. It is as if the light is saying “hey, look at this…isn’t it amazing? I thought I’d show that to you today…”
It has proven to be more difficult than I imagined to do a ‘decent’ drawing every day. My life simply does not allow it at the moment. That is ok but it means I now have a messy looking Advent! Perhaps that is what this is all about, we want everything to look neat and tidy and to fit into some kind of format but it’s not like that. Sometimes stuff happens and sometimes it doesn’t. Simple. Life is often unplanned, unshackled, and things don’t get done. Then, sometimes, it is beautifully ordered, loose ends are tied and things are accomplished. I have taken photographs during Advent as well as made drawings, so I have uploaded in retrospect to the days the photos were taken or that simply fill the spaces on days I neither drew nor took photos. Not very neat and tidy I know but it helps me to feel that I haven’t given up the idea completely. Today, I went out early to walk the dog and the moon was so low it was glowing across the mist that was hovering over the fields. Unbelievably stunning but impossible to capture on my phone camera! Here’s a glimpse…
A simple sunrise from the beginning of advent…here because I want to include it and because during advent I have seen many sunrises. It has been wonderful to be up at dawn and welcome in the new day. The dawn, what a lovely word. Every day is a new day with a new sun rise. I am so happy that I get to see and experience this as often as I do. Thank you.
I tried to do a quick drawing of the photo from yesterday but it is pretty awful really. I know I can do so much better than this if I am allowed more time and space. I would love to be creating this with oil paints in situ in order to capture the feelings I get when I’m in the landscape, feeling the cold and bathed in the light. This drawing is very poor but I’ll post it anyway.