An Artist’s View On Art And Life

It is said every picture tells a story…I wonder what narratives these images conjure within your fertile imagination..I would love to know:)

Through you the viewer, the work may then come to have a life of its own , beyond the artist. It is as a baby, born of the painter, who is but a creative instrument of the Divine, through whom a tune is played, my joy is in picking up the tune, and playing with it.

Quite literally I hear a beat, sounds, which are translated onto canvas, thus my inner ear is involved, as much as, my inner eye. Ever is this process renewing, and I feel guided, and held by it. In all I do I never sense the ‘me’, just a collaborative,’ we’ 🙂 The painting then, is adopted by you, the viewer, and through you, by life itself. This is the nature of a ‘soul painting’s’ journey, down through the ages . Held and loved by its successive caretakers, sometimes passed down over generations, of the same family who are in tune with it.

The painting, through this repeated, loving, viewing, is filled with these emotional vibrations, which are pure energy. This is what you sense and feel when you look at great art., it touches your soul. Initially, the heart and soul, of the artist, went into the making of it, though, I sense it was never his/hers anyway. All work I surrender back to the Divine, when it has finished ‘speaking’ with me, sometimes this may take many years, before the beat cessates.

This for me, is an essence of life, the quality of our loving interaction, with everything, for everything, is Divine, and has a sentient consciousness; which when we interact empathically with, can and does, communicate with us, on intensely subtle levels. in this, there is an aspect of the exquisite, which then manifests, creating our future. Ever do we have a duty of care, to send out only the highest, and the best, that we can; as artists to paint our canvases filled with light, in this eternal moment, for all suffering humanity. We are stewards of this planet, and have a divine duty, to care for all of life…”Au

Grace and Gratitude


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 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........." 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. 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 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. 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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One Response to An Artist’s View On Art And Life

  1. I have tried several times to respond to this……have listened and love the combination of the sequences you have chosen.
    It is exquisite…..moving……….grace filled………………………………………………..
    I tumble into silence…………hand over my heart………….thank you……..

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