The Peace of Wild Things

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When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

I’m not sure the small woodland around the corner from my house is the kind of wilderness described in this beautiful poem, but when I take a walk through it, and hear the April birdsong, I feel as though I briefly escape the troubles of the world and ‘come into the peace of wild things’.


Natural Magic

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

W.B. Yeats

Happy Halloween, my pretties!

Autumn in the park II


Photos ©Dark and Bright Art 2016


Autumn in the park


The beautiful lake and its beautiful residents, Roath Park, Cardiff.

Photos ©Dark and Bright Art 2016



A Summer Place

The sea and sand at duskRed sunset clouds

“Somehow you find

Days that still shine with light.” 

–  From ‘Don’t Need Much to be Happy’,  Mary Chapin Carpenter

Oxwich, Gower at dusk. Photos ©Dark and Bright Art 2016


August so far…

Dawn from my window

‘Morning Light’ (dawn from my window)

Morning sun in my local wood

‘Morning Light’ (sunlight in local woods)

A leaf shining with raindrops


My handwritten list of 'August Break' challenges


A bumble bee on lavender


My current library book, 'Small is Beautiful', and my knitting

‘I’m reading…’ (Small is Beautiful by E F Schumacher)

Red flowers on a bean stalk


A gift tied up with a bow

‘A secret’

Some of my photos so far from the August Break challenge…


Bright Sky

sketchbook sky

Sketchbook page. Ink and wax crayon on paper. Lovely new Seawhite sketchbook and inks to play with, both bought online from Not sponsored, just love them.


Reach out

World quote page

“The world is not respectable, it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded for ever, but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter.”  – George Santayana

Sketchbook page, watercolour and coloured pencil with collaged text.



Oxwich Sunset

Oxwich Sunset 2

‘Oxwich Sunset’, oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

© Dark and Bright Art 2015


Just Like Heaven

Sunset 1

Twilight, Oxwich Point

Sunset Over the Dunes

Evening Towards Three Cliffs

Just returned from a week in Oxwich, Gower. Although the weather was fine, the beach was so quiet that at times it felt like being on a desert island. I’m going to make a painting from the first of these photos.

© Dark and Bright Art 2015