This is link to a recent little article I wrote about my journey into the rainforest in Ecuador with the Pachamama Alliance.
..I was random searching images on line today and came across a review of my exhibition last August in Exchange. You can have a look here: http://marybattlebury.blogspot.ie/2013/08/the-exchange.html
The journey to Ecuador seems to be on my mind all of the time.. the gifts of the journey keep on coming. This is a little collection of some of the sketches I made from the images that arose before the journey, leaving Dublin on the ferry, my time in Ecuador and then the images arising since coming home.. along with some of my finished larger paintings.
For the design of a bronze relief I’ve been studying twigs and branches and their reflections in water to see how I can capture something of the essence of the Tree of life. Below are images of water colours, various coloured sketches an then some wax models for the final piece.
At the end of February I created an installation for a Movement Medicine workshop in Dublin called Arc of time. These are images of the installation made of a spiral of branches and twigs.
I’ve been working on my latest painting .. I love the evolution of the work through difficult or ugly phases and then seeing the essence of the painting come through. What started out feeling simply as a dance between two forms in the forest has evolved to embody something of the spirit of the forest in Ecuador. The Achaur people call her Arutam and this is one iteration of what she looks like to me. I feel that this one is almost there.
I spent quite a while today walking along the canal and by the pond in Stephens Green looking at the reflections of trees in the water. I became completely fascinated by the ever changing images of the branches as the water rippled. As I walked the images changed and I realised that the reflections were never the same .. not from one second to the next or from one vantage point to another. Every glimpse was unique. I sat watching trying to keep my mind out of the way and just taking in the images on the water ever changing.. I found my mind calming down from all the questioning about why the reflections look different from every angle and how is it that light lets us see objects.. and are we really seeing objects or just reflections of objects ..which makes ‘reflections’ actually reflections of reflections…….
I’ve been working with a little watercolour that I made while I was in Sharamentsa, in the rainforest in Ecuador. Here’s the evolution at a large scale so far….
I want to share a little painting with you and a little story…… When I was flying into the forest in Ecuador… my face was pinned to the airplane window as tears streamed down. Everywhere I looked…. trees…Beautiful countless rolling waves of green trees! Giant Kapok trees soared over spreading their HUGE canopy as if hugging their tree family close to them. Little skinny trees pushing their way up through the dense canopy. And big old leafless trees that had had their day. A HUGE interconnected family of trees… spreading out for miles and miles and miles and miles… The JOY and feeling of love was utterly intoxicating! As I looked and sighed and cried over the canopy I noticed that very randomly every so often I would notice one tree blooming… showers of golden yellow blossoms… completely going for it! These stunning blooming trees looked so steady and confident, grounded and radiantly happy! I imagined a scenario where trees were humans… and one tree looks to another and to all of his pals and says..”should I bloom? Is it time? Do you reckon I’m ready? I should shouldn’t I? Oh I don’t know what to do I don’t feel ready to bloom but everyone else is doing it! So I SHOULD too!!”. But trees in the forest don’t look around checking out their neighbours blossoms (or maybe they do?!) ..the lessons I learned from the trees that day is that all trees bloom in their own time.. and I am taking that very personally. I will bloom when I’m bloomin’ ready!!! And so shall we all… just like the trees in the forest. Big love to you and your perfect blooming timing.
..been exploring some images I painted while in Ecuador .. this image of a green door has been evolving from a little watercolour …