A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with my parents. The first time in four and a half months of lockdown. They live out in the countryside and so I took my camera out for a walk where they live and snapped some photos. Here they are..
More photos from that day can be found in my Recently Uploaded Gallery, and in my Archive Gallery (password-protected archives for subscribers).
Dead Tree from Macclesfield Canal
This beautiful old tree bears a striking contrast to the lush green fields and waterway at my back. It is a prominent landmark seen from the canal, like a sentinel recently departed. I think I have found it on Google Maps and it seems it has only recently moved on.
Pylon at Jacksons Brickworks
Jacksons Brickworks is a nature reserve near the canal. It is straddled by electricity pylons, which is an odd sight towering over this beauty spot, but a reminder of the industry that used to be here.
Pond at Jacksons Brickworks
The Brickworks are much more luscious and overgrown now than previous visits, I couldn’t spot any of the bricks this time. It’s an incredibly beautiful place, Nature has reclaimed it and made it her own.
Painted Clouds, High Lane
The highlight of the day was the sky. It was full of those wispy, feathery clouds. I call them Angel Clouds. They feel really good. This photo is my favourite of the day and as I gaze at this photo I’m blown away by the textures and patterns present in the sky. It’s like a painting made by angels.
It’s been an incredible year, full of many ups and downs, but in the last month or so I have felt a return of my expressive self. The Me that loves to create and make art. The Me that has a passion for photography and exploring through that medium. I expect I will share that journey some time, maybe in a future edition of this newsletter.
So, I have been very busy in recent moments when energy is up; I’ve been trawling through many thousands of files on my computer, I’ve been learning new software, and streamlining various web services I use. This whole Art by Aeryn project (as I call it) has been materialising into a Something this year. And so, here is a Newsletter, presented humbly but proudly, published for my own enjoyment, and hopefully for the pleasure of others as well. It’s been a joy to feel it manifesting, like a new chapter in my life. I don’t know where I am going with this, but this feels really good to me.
I have many ideas and inspirations for this newsletter you are reading right now (which I have renamed a Sketchbook), my image gallery site, and other avenues of online, and offline expression. It’s been an incredible amount of work to simply begin, but I felt guided and motivated along the way to create a home, a platform from which I can express myself. As an act of self care and love, I hope these words, images, and expressions shine an authentic and honest light out into the world.