In today's blog, I wish to take you on an inspirational journey with me. I want you to explore your creative side and to discover new outlets for your talents, emotions and thoughts. I am going to show you how I have allowed my travels through the Northern Cape to influence my work. I draw from the places and experiences I've shared with you in the past couple of blogs for this purpose. We are going to look at different creative outlets, such as photography, poetry, and painting. We are also going to see what we can do to involve the children in our lives in our experiences. Today, in the aftermath of a great journey, we get inspired to create.
Whenever I travel, I try to draw as much away from my experiences as I can. I take thousands of photos, and I download these meticulously every evening, labeling the folders with dates and names of places, so that I can keep track. I find that if I don't do it this way, the places, events and routes tend to get all jumbled up in my mind. All of these photos, don't simply sit in a folder on my computer, though. I revisit it frequently, and peruse it often when I look for inspiration for my arts and crafts blog, A Pretty Talent, or when I take on commissioned paintings.
Let's start with the kids. I am aunt to five nephews and nieces, with a 14 year age gap between the oldest and the youngest. The oldest two are already teenagers, and when I share my experiences with them, I can use photos and stories, the same as I would with any adult. The younger ones long to be more involved. Returning home from the trip, everyone was on hand to help with the unloading of the luggage. This quickly led to the discovery of the red 'sand' I collected at Hondeklipbaai. They were thrilled to come across the bag filled with shells, as well. The suggestion was immediately made that we should do some art with it, a proposal that filled me with great pride and joy. It implied that these youngsters, in whom I had invested a lot of time to develop their creativity, was starting to see the possibilities in things, the same way their aunt did.
It was not long after, that I called the three younger ones together and we used the shells and sand in some artwork. I wrote a blog about this for A Pretty Tourist's sister blog, titled A Pretty Talent. Follow the link to find out more about the process and thinking that went into this project. I was thrilled by the interest the oldest of my nephews took in the crushed garnets as well. He commandeered the youngest nephew and the two of them spent hours washing the sand and removing all the stones and pebbles from it, so we could use it in our art. He has long since had a fascination with stones and have been collecting it for years.
Hondeklipbaai had some of its own artists to marvel at as well. I am sure there must be more artists in Hondeklipbaai, but the two I came across, are located right next to the coffee shop, and I was bound to pass by their gallery quite frequently. It is always fascinating to see how different artists interpret their own surroundings, and which things appeal to them most. It gives you yet another way of looking at the place you find yourself in, when you travel.
Kunstenaars op Hondeklipbaai
Hondeklipbaai also afforded some of the most exquisite photo shoots one could hope for. Initially, when decided to write this blog, I thought I would show some photos that I had manipulated on the computer. Imagine doing something as simple as rendering these photos in black and white, or sepia. I decided against doing this and opted to rather show you the originals, and telling you what it was that appealed to me in the photos. This way, you can find it easier to find your own great shots when next you go travelling with your camera. I start with a photo shoot at the ship wreck just outside of town.
Sometimes, I also use the photos I take on my travels, to inspire my paintings.
Art is not restricted to the visual genre. My travels also inspire me to write. The blogs are a natural outflow of the travels, but I also write poetry and stories, both long and short. I have already shared the painting of the sun catcher with you. This is the poem that resulted from the painting, titled Sun Catcher.
The sun cracked up the sky
with laughter spilling red from its wide open mouth
Birds echoed its giggle
and swooped through its warm embrace
Somewhere a child was born
and its gurgles filled the hearts of the new parents with the same warm
hat the sun lavishly spilled onto the earth
The child lassoed the sun, roping it into their lives with warm fingers
Summer was never as warm as when the child came into their lives
Winter was never so absent
The child gave and gave and gave of its love
and the sun shone down on all who did, or did not, deserve it.
Another poem inspired by these travels is called Voiceless Cities:
Yet another poem is called Driftwood:
"Altyd my kind. Kom sit. Gesels."
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