The past ten years have been a whirlwind of adventures, experiences, music and musing. I’ve been surrounded by beauty, explored new places, written a book and had paintings sent abroad to star in some pretty special exhibitions.
I’m looking back on ten key moments of the last decade that have directly or indirectly inspired painting. Thanks for reading this blog, following it or following me on social media, and a Happy New Year to you all!
- Getting Married
One person can help you figure out the madness of ideas, the mix of thoughts, and provide all the encouragement and pride that your silly ideas need.
- Discovering Cave Art
Writing a poem and accidentally discovering the origins of art that led to the beginning of everything.
- Last Chance To See The Kakapo
Mark Cawardine and Stephen Fry’s sometimes humorous and often touching documentary series “Last Chance To See” was an eye-opener to just how endangered some creatures were, and still are. I was captivated by the plight of the fat, green, flightless parrot from New Zealand. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve watched this since.
- Eternal Rome
Partly inspired by David Attenborough’s “Cities” episode of Planet Earth II, and partly by my quiet revelation that I loved Rome more than a thought I would, a painting of starlings over the Colosseum was born.
- A Handwritten Reply From Sir David
When your childhood and lifelong hero takes the time to look at your paintings and give you a beautiful and generous handwritten note in reply, there can be no doubt as to why I’ve spent the last ten years painting inspired by nature.
- Stunning, Beautiful Patagonia
The same adjectives I’ve used and will keep on using for this wonderous, magical place. I still haven’t quite done this incredible landscape justice, though I’ve painted it many times and sketched it many more.
- We Took A Photo Of A Black Hole!
By we, I mean an amazing international collaboration of scientists (many of them women!) and a massive Earth-sized telescope. What a moment for science and our understanding of the Universe!
- The Art Of Planetary Science
When one of my favourite paintings, “Wandering Universe” got to hang among 300 other incredible pieces of art inspired by the cosmos, the planets and space exploration, at the Kuiper Space Sciences Building in Arizona, USA.
Nick Cave’s latest studio album is a musical triumph, a blazingly honest, heartbreakingly raw homage to the beauty of life after death. It’s almost 70 minutes of amazing musical harmony, simplicity and evolution, and is one of the albums that will linger with me for a very long time. If you haven’t listened to it, you must.
Sharing my home for the last nine years with an enthusiastic, nutty, cuddly, daft-as-a-brush and absolutely hilarious springer spaniel is the best way to study nature up close and reminds me of just how much you can learn every day.
More blogs I’ve written on the above subjects:
If It Wasn’t For Attenborough
A Baby Boom For The Booming Parrot
Five Inspiring Documentaries For Artists
Art Diaries – A Trip To Rome
Cosmic Thoughts – Strange Worlds
What Do The Paintings Of Lascaux And Guernica Share?
An Albatross and an Exhibition
What inspired you to paint? What were your biggest moments of the last decade? Let me know in the comments!
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