Posts for Tag : Tree Planting and Art

Advent Calendar – 2nd December – The Return

I started this drawing months ago but it wasn’t speaking. Today the crows arrived at the Unicorn Tree. Crows are intelligent, adaptable and symbolic of transformation. They also have a somewhat sinister presence. The crows brought the drawing to life and with them came an idea…

My dad told me that the beech trees we see lining many of the roads of Britain were planted after World War 1 to commemorate the dead. So many of these century old trees are now dying.

Why? Ditches not maintained so their roots stand in water or salting the roads damaging tree roots? I don’t know. Many fell during Storm Arwen this week.

Perhaps, following the death of so many during Covid, Britain could follow the inspiration of post World War 1 tree planting with a mass tree planting along our road ways again, so that one day someone else’s dad will tell them the story of why they were planted!

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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

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A selection of postcards from JMW Turner and me!

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Why Blog?

Curious Cats by Kirsten Harris, Acrylic on Board, 40 x 50 cm

I haven’t blogged much lately, so thought I would write a ‘why blog’ blog to give myself a kick up the creative bum!

Simply put,  blogging takes you forward. 

It’s an odd thing but it’s an effective way to speed up the creative flow. I think it’s because pressing ‘publish’ has  a commitment to it, a slightly scary hurdle to jump, but what a gift it is to be able to send our ideas out into the world in an instant. 

Seth Godin describes the three keys to creativity as curiosity, generosity and connection.  I like his list. 

Blogging seems to foster all three as habits. 

Curiosity – It’s definitly a curious thing to not know what to write until committing to write. Like art,  I never know what the image will end up looking like. This is both the challenge and excitement. Curiosity is a place of wonder and exploration that’s never boring…

Generosity is a word that speaks to me. I have been feeling a bit closed up, static. I guess a bit of Covid fallout, finding myself stuck in a startle pattern of sorts with white noise playing in my head like a radio out of tune. I’ve been painting a lot but when thinking to write a blog, then fuzz…

So, a blog on blogging! 

Blogging kind of focuses the brain, a way of tuning in to a ’higher’ frequency. Writing frequently keeps tuning this frequency! White noise is flipping boring after all. White noise –  the sound of a static life!

Generosity is fearless and stimulates fearlessness! 

How easy and safe it is to hold on tight, but how much more expansive and joyful to be generous. Sharing our creativity with the world is an act of generosity. We have an unbelievable opportunity to spark generosity through blogging and the connections worldwide we can make by sharing ideas and the ripples these cause. 

Connections – through my art, blogging and my facebook page I feel connected to all sorts of people I have never met, but who I know I like enormously. By connecting we have the potential to be incredibly creative for our beautiful world. I intend to keep planting trees through selling my art. Connecting with others through art is my way of doing so. 

Thank you Seth, your three keys to creativity have stimulated my thinking and got me going again.  I feel better already!

Seth blogs daily, worth checking out. He is an interesting thinker. 

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This original framed painting is available on my website, as are prints of it. How many cats can you find?

The Last Tree On Earth

The Last Tree on Earth

One dawn this spring I was watching the bronzy morning light on the tree outside my window, half asleep, drifting.  I ‘saw’ an image of the last human in the world lying in the tree reaching for the last apple.

It was a powerful semi-lucid moment. I decided to paint the image to further my commitment to somehow keep planting trees through my art.

A series of paintings started to emerge.

A few days later I was asked by another artist to join her in exhibiting on the theme of Orchards in 2022 and see if we could find a historic orchard to reinstate working alongside a community Orchard Group.

She knows I am into tree planting but had no idea I had started painting apple trees. I was delighted to say ‘yes’ or rather ‘YES PLEASE!!!’  I feel more excited than I have felt all year.  A new adventure and clarity of purpose.

We have a potential site for an orchard already. Things are moving fast. It’s exciting.

Series 12 x 12 inches. Acrylic on board.

Please do join my blog to be kept in touch about the art and the orchard as it progresses.

With love 

Kirsten 

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