Happily weary from my day demonstrating and talking to visitors, one of my evenings at Art in Action was spent in the garden at Waterperry House, exploring and then sitting quietly watching the sun go down.
I'd purchased a loaf made with spelt flour and rye, containing raisins and caraway seeds earlier in the day, and broke off rough chunks to have with my apple and pear for supper whilst sitting in the formal garden and absorbing the glories. This garden has a sculpture at the centre, 'Lamp of Wisdom' by Nathan David, and is made up of traditional box knot, clipped topiary and medicinal herbs. I can't say what beautiful relaxed moments they were - I ate all the delicious bread amidst visual splendour and breathed in the warm fragrant air.
On route to this point I took in the wonders of the waterlily canal, herbaceous border, island beds, roses, alpines and hostas in the shade - all the while coming across sculpture from Chapungu Sculpture Park, Zimbabwe stone sculpture. I felt very well catered for!
I thought of this garden as a backdrop for my sculpture and imagined where certain pieces I have made would go. Sometimes, probably most times, when I'm making a sculpture, in my 'mind's eye' I see the finished piece in a garden.
The garden, sculpture, garden sculpture - I meandered, drawing in the beauty, with big dreams.