On Saturday, we broke away from our usual environment of paint and canvas and Anna took us on an excursion at the Abbotsford Convent. It was a beautiful autumn afternoon and as I walked through the gates I saw my first autumn leaf fall to the ground, it twirled in the light breeze, and the light got caught amongst its crack. I felt myself inhale autumn for the first time fully and was grateful to be in this place with our painting group.
We were at the convent specifically to become a part of what I believe a beautiful flowing art installation called the Walking Project which was being exhibited by Mary Peacock who is an installation artist, she has mapped and remapped the convent grounds and we were to take part in contributing to this same process.
I was so excited, and as we got deeper and deeper into the history of the walk, I began to feel myself embedded into the stone. Part of the tour meant we were able to map the grounds ourselves. This defiantly was a highlight for me, and I realised as I sat down at the table to map my walk, I barely remembered the paths I stepped upon. What I remembered was the feeling, of being, being in a place, a place that was sacred and private
I stand near the gates
Remembering the land
Hearing of women
Whos shadows did fall
So I look to the sky
And stepped on the earth
I feel that my life
Was embedding into theirs
Still they are laced
Among the walls made of stone
As the sacred heart
And my tears want to fall
Anna runs our classes in a lovely warm enviroment that supports us as artists.
Please check out her artists page on facebook:
Find Your Artist Within - Art Classes for Adults and Children
And you can also have a look at the beautiful work Mary Peacock does on her blog:
Mary Peacock's Blog