Nature’s Timeless Play: Northcott Theatre Exeter

This view overlooks New Grimsby on the beautiful Island of Tresco..
I love to paint from this beautiful coign of vantage..or sometimes simply
to meditate.. contemplate or write.

Autumn On Tresco

There are places in one’s life which touch the soul and fill the mind.. calling the heart back time and again, one such place for me is Tresco, in the Isles Of Scilly. In my exhibition at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter,which opens this evening… it features prominently, a sub tropical paradise off the coast of Cornwall, England..I hope my video gives you some sense of its magic. The music is Fingal’s Cave by Felix Mendelssohn..which for me captures something of Tresco’s mystery and romance…and of Nature’s Timeless Play…

Tresco A Sunset Song

“Evocations of serenity enfolds my heart as I stand on Appletree Bay
coruscations of colour play through my enchanted eyes
bathing in pools of light delicious beyond compare
such warmth gilds my being as wrapped with angelic feathers
joy assails my senses through the drama of a vibrant arcing sun
the scene it doth unfold its riches as a banquet such a feast
renewing in its content of divine inspiriting vibrations
as seamlessness of sky and sea mirror the eternal dance within
a passing yacht’s red sails ablaze to the setting sun’s wild fire
the weary crew almost home I sense their gratefulness
with a smile I turn and ponder on the nature of this day
of the paintings made and friends met as strangers just hours before
such sense of joy and gentle familiarity in the greeting of new folk
the mellifluous mewing of a sharpening wind breaks me from my reverie
as a hail storm brews from nowhere and hits me with a clatter
I so delight in nature and her occasional capricious ways
she treats me with a rough familiarity then ply’s me with her charms
for the storm soon passes just as they do in life I move through
capering grasses walking with a peaceful ease as the
gentle alchemy of a fulsome moon opens me with her charms
heart and soul enchanted by the harmony of the spheres
as nature works with one accord to meld into this sacred isle
enchantment to enchantment ..”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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4 Responses to Nature’s Timeless Play: Northcott Theatre Exeter

  1. When you find a place that feels familiar and offers a perspective that invites your creating, I call that “a power spot”. I feel that about places in the Rocky mountains that give me a sense of wholeness, an open view of sky and valley, the beauty so welcoming to my heart and soul.
    There are places on the Mississippi River where I feel so at home in Nature, the flowing river, the herons standing sentinel, the mist rising off the river, the morning sun bringing a glow to the silence, feel grateful for the moment.
    You describe your identification with the settings you paint and the joy it gives you to share them.
    Grateful for your sharing…….

  2. Randy Bruno says:

    The creative beauty of God’s gift to you shown reflectively through the creation of art is as inspirationally representative on your canvases, as the choreographed words written on paper from you heart; all with allegiance to the vastness that is God’s Grace manifested in joyous, gifted reciprocity in the reflective illumination that is of, in, and through the Devine.

    • Blessing your fine gift for empathy, are a bright gift of a friend…indeed all things through the divine..within our higher Selves..and all of life..grace and gratitude:-) Alasdair

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