Celebrating Life Through Art, Nurture And Nature

 Celebrating Life Through Art, Nurture And Nature

Through the loving nurture of our children and each other, nature, and our cultures, we can work together from a place of compassionate interdependent intention, so creating a more beautiful world for All of us..

There is a great joy when we in sweet surrender to the inner child, go forth to explore our natural world with love, curiosity and wonder ..such reflective joys enfold us as in loving embracive relationships with each other and life itself, we boldly go forth to mirror the perfection of a world made sublime by our Divine Creative Source.

The sacred cosmologies of ethnic groups throughout the world work from the loving knowing of the essence of Nature, the sublime understanding of a Cosmic Order which informs and underpins all manifestations of life.

We live under the deep cloud that our Societies economic growth has been achieved only through centuries of arrogant depletion of our beautiful environment, making each of us spiritually, as well as physically impoverished.

We each have a vital role to play in joyously renewing ourselves and our Societies, through interacting harmoniously within the Cosmic Order, for we then replenish ourselves within the rhythm of nature, which acts so subtly to maintain the sub strata of our existence at our temporal level.

“The arts celebrate all the senses, releasing the body to balance and harmony, the soul and mind, to a sense of peace and belonging. Art ever works on the inner and outer senses. That our youth are being deprived of such fundamental needs speak volumes for the values of our leaders, and the depth of our dis-ease within us, and with the natural world. Through nurture we become aware of our vital role in the chain of life, and our connectedness with everything. We are still failing, to understand the need, for creative interaction in our society. There is increasing marginalisation of the arts, in children’s lives, whether by accident, or design, the effects are the same; our youngsters are being denied the celebratory skills, with which they can play a full participatory role in society.

Our children are the future! Unless they are nurtured and esteemed through the arts, then Our society will continue in a tail spin downwards. We live in a society which has become dis-connected, where authorities have spoken of consuming nature in order to create wealth. Little wonder an indigenous soul was moved to say,..”and when you have cut down the last tree, killed all the wildlife and fish, when you have fouled all the rivers and oceans, are you going to eat money?”

Technology has its place, but it must be used with wisdom! In the west we are on an orgy of greed and destruction, of irreplaceable natural, life support systems. That we deny so many of our planets population, with this unsustainable lifestyle is unthinkable…yet this is the actuality, unbelievably we are driven to extend this lifestyle, to all suffering humanity! Why are we enslaved to ego driven consumption? If it was demonstrable that it made people more contented and happy, encouraged personal freedom and justice in a sustainable future, then I could see the point of our so called progress, but this is manifestly not the case!

It doesn’t have to be like this and thankfully, there is a growing awareness of the futility of our present world view. It all comes back to education, when we teach our children respect and love for nature through the arts we embrace all of life, otherwise how can our children ever develop a meaningful dialogue with nature and heal the dis-ease which pervades our society? Very young children have an insatiable curiosity about life and their place within this environment. Einstein liked to call them true geniuses, yet without empathy and nurturing from their parents and other adults, they become suppressed and frustrated and the creative spark within is dimmed if not quenched…

All Blessings
Alasdair

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About Alasdair Urquhart Artist and Poet

I am an Artist, Painter, Writer, Poet , Illustrator, Professional Creative Since I was a young child, the exploration of my universe, has been through mark making. Through the innocence of this process, I found a means of communication with others.......a point of contact. Plants, Animals, People, Birds , Insects....... The Cosmos itself............... ..began to be revealed, before my wide, curious eyes. It opened my life, my heart, my mind, something......... fundamental, was touched deep within me, each and every time. Always new....... It was alchemy.... It was beautiful..... I felt my spirit soar........for I had found, A Universal language. For Man it has ever been thus; since earliest times, it has been one of our most basic modes of interaction. Art, draws on the essence of Nature, the Universe itself; connecting us to her rhythms and illimitable moods. When Ancient Man made marks on cave walls it was to reveal to their peers, the mysteries of life....so also its practicalities; for the need for interdependence in daily duties, if they were to survive.......... never mind thrive. Today, there has never been a greater need for Art. Art celebrates all of the senses; giving the body balance and harmony, the soul and mind, a sense of belonging. In the natural world, the function of each organism is to realise its fullest potentialities - - that is its fundamental ethos. We have a need, and duty, to create a Society in which, each one of us, has a chance to develop, their creative abilities to the fullest, in a caring, nurturing environment. We need to redefine our vision of how we wish the world to be ...... The eternal moment is now. for our world is perishing through this very lack. Art works on the inner and the outer senses. Our children are the future! Unless they are nurtured and esteemed through the Arts the present behavioural poverty in our Society will continue to spiral down........." http://alasdairurquhart.webs.com/apps/videos/videos/view/434... How would you describe your style of art? It is an internal response to the energies passing through me in the Eternal Now. it has a figurative, colourful element which is a partial response to the visual impressions received. It is a synthesis of all of my senses. ..especially of Intuition and Knowing ....those most internal of journey senses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyBgB68vxVo Describe one of your paintings: It is a portrait of a child...Leela....aged three Her Grandmother commissioned it. My brief was to capture the essence of her nature... before her elfin quality, was lost, to social patterning, and conditioning, which commences, when a child begins to name things.... and their relationship with the essence of an object is lost. She is situated in her garden, a wonderful space, which has a Narnia feel to it. It has been developed over a period of months. On each visit I am growing more empathic to the little one's vision and journey. How do you decide on your subject matter? It decides for me :-) It is an internal process.. a beat begins , an upsurge of energy, taste , touch, smell.. ..all the senses are heightened. I feel gently led .... the internal process is partly rationalized by discerning these feelings, articulating them.... often first in words.... free associations help the fluency, patterns emerge.... ..often unexpectedly ..I love it ...a dance begins and I am led...lovingly on a new journey..... ....always different:) Many of my paintings depict richly detailed scenes and reflect my own deep interest in the lives of people and their work. I believe that..... Lives are not ordinary – all our lives and the way we live them and interact with our environment are important. I hold up a mirror to people and situations. Due to the sale of the barn..my previous lovely studio..I have had a beautiful new studio built in my garden.. I am invited out to paint on Tresco, the Isles Of Scilly; The famed sub-tropical Abbey Gardens, and wonderfully diverse geography of this sacred Isle always provide a rich vein of inspiration for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR8itsfqJ7A I spend a lot of time on Dartmoor painting the scenes and wildlife, and on and by the rivers Exe, Teign and Dart in Devon. In Cornwall, I enjoy exploring the coves and cliff paths, the beaches and Ports. Another of my loves is rural France. Initially invited over by Monaco Fine Arts in the early 90’s to paint the scenery of Southern France and Northern Italy; I developed a love of the area and spend as much time as possible exploring and painting in the wine regions particularly. I studied at Dundee College of Art from 1974.... finishing my postgraduate studies there in 1979. I won scholarships from the British Council to Budapest Fine Art Academy, and the Elizabeth Greenshield scholarship twice from Montreal, Canada. I have been exhibited at the Scottish Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Institute. Also in numerous galleries in towns across England, Scotland and Wales. My work has also been exhibited and in private collections in Europe, America, Canada and Japan. I have received sponsorship from Rosenstiel’s Fine Art Publishers, London, residencies at Grizedale, and Farringdon. My paintings have been published by Rosenstiel’s, Medici and Parnassus.
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