For many of us, our lives are filled with hurry. Creativity is something that we know we value and want to prioritise, and if we are lucky enough to have time for it, we often carry our hurry into our times of creating. Perhaps this isn’t always a problem – it can lead to quick decisions, spontaneous sketches and potluck compositions.
However, sometimes there is an intentionality that we miss out on by rushing into making work. We can miss out on the opportunity to look – really look – at our surroundings. As someone drawn to woodland and seascapes, it can mean I risk missing out on the grandeur of the waves, or great heights of the trees or the beauty of their transient seasons. Pausing before the start of a drawing extends that opportunity to soak up our subject, to capture its essence and really consider what it is exactly that has drawn you to it.
I once had a tutor who challenged our class not to draw a single thing until we felt moved by something. She encouraged us to let ourselves be affected by our surroundings in a deeper way, before putting pencil (or pastel) to paper. This challenge has stayed with me, and is something I try to do when I am out with the agenda of making work.
So, it’s a simple message from me today, but hopefully one that will empower you to look again and take time to enjoy your subject. Take a moment to pause before the start.
Each of the works in this blog were created or inspired by locations within the UK. They consist of natural forms, and fluctuate between abstraction and realism. Caitlin is particularly interested in capturing a sense of growth and life within her work, touching on the importance of cultivating growth, and celebrating green spaces both within urban and rural spaces.
Caitlin currently has work at the Mall Galleries…