Inspired by Nature is a themed Croak to entertain you with some of our favourite artwork based on nature and the outdoors. We hope it will stimulate you to get creative and produce something yourself. If you do and would like to share them with us, please post them on our Facebook page, Twitter account, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This months feature has been written by Rebecca Neal our Conservation Youth Worker on the Peterborough Green Pathways project, funded by BBC Children in Need.
M.C. Escher is one of my favourite artists along with Andy Goldworthy and I have been lucky enough to have experienced both artist’s work up close.
In January I went to see Escher’s work in the Dulwich Picture Gallery; the first time a major exhibition has been shown in the UK. Many of his more famous pieces are architectural so you may recognise his impossible constructions of staircases and arches where he has warped perspective and played with vanishing points. But as well as mathematics and symmetry, I was amazed how much of his work was inspired by nature. At the gallery, this landscape called “Night and day” had been given a modern spin and reproduced in Lego. Reptiles and amphibians regularly appear in Escher’s work, I particularly like this tessellated “Lizard” and the detail and work that went into “Snakes” is amazing. He even manages to make a mummified frog found behind the sofa look cool. And anyone who can turn a muddy puddle into something you want to hang on the wall must be a genius! There are so many brilliant pieces of work that I am struggling to mention them all here.
I saw Goldworthy’s work several years ago at the fantastic Yorkshire Sculpture Park. His work combines pattern and natural materials to create beautiful often ephemeral art. I especially love his work using naturally coloured leaves and circles. Check out this BBC video showing him creating at art in the natural landscape. All you need is some stones and a rainshower!
I wish I had even a small fraction of their talent. I don’t. But what I do have is the ability to take young people, who all have their own talents, outdoors, and inspire them with nature. On Green Pathways sessions, we sometimes create art outdoors with natural materials, clay, random junk knocking around the community garden or just simply with pencil and paper. Could you do this? You never know what might spark in a child.
We would love to hear your favourite artists who are inspired by nature and see the work you produce stimulated by wildlife. You can email us on email@example.com, message us facebook.com/froglife or send us a tweet @froglifers.