Rendez-vous with Nature

fusion

Fusion (Acrylic on Canvas Board, 37 x 32cm)

As I finished and signed  my first painting of 2011, I realised that once again, my instinct was to paint trees.

Trees evoke the ideas of growth of perpetual change and transformation… of perseverance, of a ‘no matter what’ and ‘standing alone’ spirit!

I grew up near a very large oak trees forest. As a child I spent many Sunday afternoons with my mother and father, walking in this enchanting forest…

Scented MuguetIn May, we would go and pick the beautiful scented muguet (lily of the valley) (image), make small bouquets tied with some long grass, pressed some in between the pages of a book, a souvenir of the day… ‘un brin de muguet’ will bring luck and joy.

Giving some muguet in May is a French tradition dating from king Charles IX (1561) when he offered some to his ‘courtisants’ as a good luck charm.

Blue Oak

Blue Oak (Acrylic on Wood Panel, 37 x 84cm)

In the Summer we would go ‘pique-niquer’ – ’déjeuner sur l’herbe’.

It was a happy and relaxing tradition: a colourful blanket laid out  in the shade of a mighty oak tree, lovely food,  then ‘ une petite sieste‘ to digest, laying down, looking up into the trees, dreaming, watching the light playing in the branches and leaves, as if inside the tree.

In the Autumn, my father and I would go and gather mushrooms… The forest wears a colourful coat and a wonderful scent of leaves and moisture at this time of year. What joy it is to run around through the leaves, throwing them up in the air and pretending they are birds or butterflies and finding all kind of mushrooms, learning about them and looking forward to an ‘omelette aux chanterelles’ for dinner…

Nature is so giving and such a marvel… We are one with it and often we are blind to its beauty….

ChanterellesI always felt safe  in the forest, the trees looked so protective, the smell of earth and leaves, the shadow play and the filtered light, the sound of the breeze in the branches and leaves, insects, birds, deers… the sound of life, always flowing, eternal.

I never worried about getting lost and was always looking, hoping to see elves… In my imagination they looked like the ones in the film The Lord of the Rings, tall, beautiful, living in tree houses.

Maybe it is why I have always loved trees, trusted them, felt their life force.

When I started to draw and paint, my first instinct was and still is, to draw trees, or a house with trees nearby… Maybe they represent security for me.

I have great respect for the British sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy. His work and intent sum up all that I feel about Nature:

“My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in the wood, time in stone, nature in a city and I don’t mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too – the ground upon which it is built, the stone which it is made.”

~ Andy Goldsworthy

9 Responses to “Rendez-vous with Nature”

  1. Jean says:

    Hi Annick, finally had a chance to check out your blog. Well it is fantastic. Love your new painting too. Your work is not only vibrant but inspirational. I love the two paintings I have and constantly get drawn into the landscape. Beautiful!!

    • Annick says:

      Hi Jean..Thank you for your lovely comment about my work and the new painting…I really enjoy blogging..need to get more confident with the ‘technical’ stuff, but will get there..learning all the time.
      I am honoured you have my paintings on your wall ..another connection!
      Look forward for more comments in the future…happy you enjoyed reading.

  2. Liz Ruest says:

    Very well expressed! I am with you on the trees and Andy Goldsworthy, and I love the descriptions of your exploring the woods. So important to do what we’re drawn to, but great to make the connections as to why, also.

    • Annick says:

      Hi there Liz! thank you! I love connections between everything really..I am told I don’t get to the point quickly enough when I tell a story as I always find so many links related to the theme ..everything is connected… it is like illustrations to the story..I am glad you like it…
      Look forward to reading more of your comments.

  3. Angie says:

    Trees are may favorite as well! Lovely post – getting to know you a little more is a good thing! As you know, for the most part I am a monochromatic artist, so I truly enjoy and appreciate looking at your paintings and all the wonderful colors they hold … they burst with life. Love your work!

    • Annick says:

      Hi Angie..good to see you back here…I know about your love of trees ,miss ‘ForEver Tree’ ,and your pyrography work is stunning and sensitive..thank you for being a good friend and stopping by.

  4. The new painting is gorgeous, as are all your paintings Annick. A celebration of colour and of life. I share your love of trees and how you express that is so very beautiful. You tell a story of joy that just leaps off the canvas.

  5. Julia says:

    “The forest wears a colourful coat and a wonderful scent of leaves and moisture at this time of year. What joy it is to run around through the leaves, throwing them up in the air and pretending they are birds or butterflies and finding all kind of mushrooms, learning about them and looking forward to an ‘omelette aux chanterelles’ for dinner…”

    Annick, you just brought me back to walking around in the woods when I was growing up. The part you wrote about the scent of the woods made me remember that smell in my mind too!

    Your paintings have always been fantastique but it’s such a treat to get to know you through your blog posts, too, now. Keep ’em coming!

    • Annick says:

      I am happy this passage brought you back to walking in the woods when you were growing up ( not so long ago..I trust!!)..The scent is so special to me and yes I can remember it in my mind too..
      Merci beaucoup Julia..te commentaires sont gentils et ils me touchent le coeur.
      Art makes me remember many things and as all is connected, I cannot stop now..it is very exciting…

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