Romance of the Falls – A Weekend with Turner – part 2

I ended the last blog wondering where Mr Turner was leading with forty painted postcards inspired by him. But I guess if anything it makes me more determined to think about what legacy I can leave. I am no Turner! The answer always seems to be to plant more trees. To let that be my footprint.

I woke up this morning with an idea where a community orchard could be planted locally and have sent an email about it. I have a good feeling about it. I love when ideas are just there on waking, as though planted.

In a funny way the most important thing about this weekend romance is that I listened to the whisper of an idea to paint on the postcards of Turner’s Falls of Clyde. Life (and my art) always seem to work best when I trust the ideas that come …. perhaps… arriving from ‘the gap in the quantum field’, also described as ‘the universal mind’ or the ‘governing intelligence’.

And that means allowing oneself to not know and be open, to simply be present to the flow… which, to my thinking, IS the journey of the artist.

I know it’s not cool to admit, but this whole Covid thing’s been a tad stressful. I do try not to let stressful thoughts run the show. By painting, painting, painting and exploring a multitude of creative ideas I’ve mainly been able to stay at ease though my arm has got sore! Dah!

However, thankfully and thanks to JMW Turner I realise the intuitive voice is still there. Now it’s time to action more ideas…

There’s work to be done. Trees to be planted and paintings to be sold in order to do it!

Forward and Up!

Kirsten x


A selection of postcards from JMW Turner and me!

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