One of the negative things about living in London is that it’s very easy to feel trapped in the city.
I find that more often than not I tend to get a flight out of London to another European city instead of going to the countryside to visit places in England. This weekend I was reminded of the beauty of the English countryside as I finally managed to get out of the city and go to North Devon.
While I was away something hit me – I rediscovered the rich beauty and inspiration that can be found in nature. Be that the curls of a tree trunk, the beautiful patterns of a fern or the constellations of stars in the sky.
I love zooming in and taking photos on my camera that capture the texture of a slice of nature. I can then use these shapes, lines or even colours to help weave into the fabric of my paintings.
Even though a lot of the paintings are architectural pieces it can be really good for me to draw what I can from these different elements and weave it into my artwork.
For example, recently I have started going back to life drawing classes. Even though my speciality is not really drawing people, studying the form of the body opens out a different way of thinking for me. This is turn trains me to think about things like lines, form and shapes in a different way. These skills definitely seep back into my art and help develop my skills.
Personally, I think whatever your creative discipline, looking at, studying and experimenting with colour, texture and lines that can be found in nature can really influence your creative work – feeding your creative mind and developing your skills in a very special way.
Here are some snaps from my recent trip to the wonderful Exmoor area:
Have you been inspired by the hidden art within nature? If so, I would love to see your snaps or hear about your projects that nature has inspired!
Natasha Jade x