Inspired by Nature

A big part of my life has always been finding my way to nature when I need to recharge my batteries and find inspiration in my life and art. Simply put, nature is my church. It always surprises, teaches and awes me.

tidal stream

This weekend was pretty magical weather wise. The sun was shining and I spent some time just absorbing the rays and quietly exploring the beach and wooded trails that left there.

My mind was open to the beauty nature had to offer this weekend and I was not disappointed. There were many ice cakes/blocks on the beach. Worn away by some of the worlds highest tides, but not worn away enough to be carried back to the ocean where they belong.

Their temporary nature just called out to me to take some photos.

Initially, I was just inspired by the beauty of the different shapes. I then started thinking of how some of those shapes might translate into a sculpture, or a series of them.

Is this the Kraft bear on the peanut butter jar, or some ancient alien artifact? You decide!

Admittedly, I am no photographer, but I felt like one this weekend, trying to capture different photos in good light so I can reference some of the organic flow and shapes in my ice cake inspired pottery sculptures.

nova scotia easter island sculpture

Stay tuned to see what clay creations may come of such inspiration!

What does this picture look like to you?

On my way back from viewing the ice cakes I noticed this! To me it looks like one of the figures from Easter Island?

But what is it doing here in Canada?

Tell us about how nature has inspired your art or where you draw your inspiration from.

Towards the end of the week, we will be doing another ‘Name that Vase’ post, and you can check out some of our raku pottery vases here.

56 Comments

      1. Thanks! So am I! I am finishing up a set of dinnerware and then I think I am going to play with some of these forms! Thanks for your comment!

    1. I totally feel like those count as nature! Your paintings are very beautiful! I hope you are having a great week!

      1. Good luck with the exhibition! Anytime you exhibit anywhere, it is beyond busy, or at least in my experience.

  1. That strange creature must have crawled out of one of the thermal vents in the Mariana Trench where the biologists and geologists claim life began. And that means, if you’re an evolutionist, that we have some of that in us. Eek! Imagine that, humans with strange things inside. Great pics.

    1. Poor creature! With their long journey halfway across the Earth, I am surprised they were able to get across the great wall of garbage in the Pacific. It can be hard for most people to imagine humans with strange things inside them, unless you work in an emergency room 😉

      Thanks for your comment – awesome! Hope you are well!

  2. Wonderful photos. Thank you!

    We have about 15 acres of pine forest on our property. The bottom story is brambley so even the deer trails are impassable most of the year here in Mississippi. But in the winter… ! More like a cathedral than a church in so far as the ceiling– the blue winter sky with the sun shining through the pine boughs– is often the loveliest to gaze upon.

    1. Thanks for your kind words! Your place sounds beautiful! You must love living there!
      Are the pines mature? We have some pine tress in rows on parts of our property and they really look like a cathedral!

  3. Something just came to mind that you might be interested in. The set up: “Here’s one technique for reaffirming the basic evidence of wonder in our world; that the world is made of a perceptible mystery beyond our means of measuring, but not beyond all sight unless we will ourselves blind.”

    http://americandigest.org/wp/the-frame-up-go-with-the-throw/

    I plan on doing this in the pines– after it warms up!

    1. This is a very neat idea! I very much like the idea of being in the ‘now’ with nature, and am always looking for the beauty around me, and this sounds like an interesting technique to learn more appreciation of it. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I know I dont comment often, but I wanted to tell you I always read your blog and find you and your work to be an inspiration. Thank you for being you and sharing your perspective with the world. It makes my week.

    1. Wow! Thanks so much for your kind words and comment! I appreciate you telling me that and hope you are having a great week!

  5. Your pictures seemed lovely…a melted stream …a tiny bit of snow….Yesterday it was -50 windchill in Minneapolis. My sister in Anchorage said it was even warmer there than it was here. So I wondered where your studio is. Can you fire when its really cold ? Does it affect the colors differently? just curious.

    1. Thanks for your kind comments! We were lucky! I am on the East Coast of Canada, and the day was part of our January thaw! I try to limit my raku firings to days when the temperature is around 0C winter. The cold cools the pots quicker when they come out to the kiln and can have an impact. At -50C with windchill, it would for sure!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. There is something for me that really sparks creativity while I am in nature! I will be sure to share what comes of this.

  6. Lovely little essay and pictures. I like how you see things from the past and then also decide how to play those images forward in other art mediums. (Easter Islands — Pottery). You ask how nature has inspired recently — we so seldom get interesting weather here in SoCal, but this year has been full of interesting days of weather (for better or worse climate change wise). But the lovely and wonderful thing about this year has been we have finally seen day after day of glorious, majestic cloud formations. I know if you live in a part of the world where that is common, as I used to live in a place like that, it doesn’t seem so amazing, but here– It has revived my spirits in unexpected ways. Your pictures have blessed me today as well.

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words. I love referencing history and times past in my art, because I feel such moments, places and things hold meaning and lessons and universal truths. I love watching clouds as they dance and play in the sky and I am glad you are able to renew that experience for yourself. When I was a child, we used to see what animals or objects we could see in the clouds. Thank you for bringing me back to that special time and I hope you have an amazing week ahead!

  7. I really enjoyed this post-thank you!its good to know there are others who are as obsessed with nature!

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