Knowledge is Power

Books

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”

                                                                                                                   Henry David Thoreau

Mixed-media sketchbook page incorporating titles of the books I think have most shaped my outlook. Inevitably, as soon as I’d finished it I remembered two more books which were important to me: E M Forster’s A Room with a View, which sparked my (distance) love affair with Italy; and Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner, which I read after seeing it on a list of novels about happy single women (yes, it was a short list). Which books have changed your life?

“Fall, leaves, fall…”

Autumn art journal pages:

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Emily Brontë

Autumn is my favourite season, and this poem perfectly sums up my feeling of elation as the leaves turn. Art journal pages using collage and mixed media, and coloured biro.

© Dark and Bright Art 2015

Ode to Autumn

Autumn sketchbook page 4

I adore Autumn, “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” – the colour, the weather, the light, the scent, the mood. Other seasons just don’t compare. Here are some sketchbook collages inspired by the last few months.

Autumn sketchbook page 1

Autumn sketchbook page 2

Autumn sketchbook page 3

I love the seasonal poems that sound like a prayer or a spell:

“O Wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being” (Shelley)

“Glory be to God for dappled things” (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

“O western wind, when wilt thou blow/That the small rain down can rain?” (Anon.)

I’ve just finished reading the excellent ‘Lolly Willowes’ by Sylvia Townsend Warner, a novel about a woman who finally gives in to the restlessness she feels every Autumn, moves to the countryside, and becomes a witch. Maybe I’ll do that one day.

© Dark and Bright Art 2013