The changing colours of nature

I first became interested in making art from nature about 18 months ago whilst I was living in Australia. Whilst at a festival I met a couple who had travelled down the east coast of Australia gathering soil as they went. The result was a wide variety of colours from deep red coppers to sunset shades of ambers to dull browns. With all this sand and earth they made an interesting form of art which was both inspiring and creative. They took inspiration from Aboriginal art, creating swirls and wavy lines that flowed easily through the festival goers.

Back in the UK I began to look into artists who use land art as a medium; making the landscape into the artwork. Artists such as Richard Long and Robert Smithson explore the relationship between art and nature, creating unique art which either perishes in time or where stones are involved evolves over the years.

Today I created a circle of leaves on the beach using a single plant. I was able to show the colours changing from a dark brown in the middle, to a bright yellow, light green and finally a deep, dark green on the outer edge. This circle shows the life cycle of leaves and how they change colour as they decay.

I currently live on the Scilly Isles which is a beautiful and diverse landscape. It’s possible, in the same photo to create breath taking landscape photography and combine this with an image of the art I have just created in the foreground. Nature produces her own colour pallet, be it in the bright colours of the spring flowers, the vivid greens of summer or the range of autumnal oranges and browns. There’s always something new to create with.

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