• Gail Curry

Immersed in the landscape on Lindisfarne

Updated: Mar 11, 2020

A week of simple pleasure and nature

Sunrise arrives in a storm

if you asked ten people where they would like to go for their ideal #holiday you would I am sure get some very different answers. The island of #Lindisfarne in #Northumberland, or Holy Island as it's alternative name, has remained the favourite place of mine, inspite of visiting many other countries and cultures. This tidal island situated only 61 miles from my home is what I believe to be my spiritual home. We are indelibly connected at an unfathomable level, it's been that way for as long as I can remember. I just know when I get the call to visit I answer her.

Late last year among all of the random rubbish that hits my Facebook feed was an advert for a cottage on the #island, I took a closer look and promptly booked it for a week in February, as I prefer 'my island' when it's not warm and dreamy, but wild with nature at her most powerful.

My beach on my island

I made no plans for my week other than I would be completely disconnected from everything but the island and #painting. I had no preconceived ideas about what I would paint, I would just let it unfold, as that is how I work, the #environment and my #emotional response to it.

I spent my first afternoon unpacking and readying my temporary #studio in the kitchen, as it had a nice large table and the coffee machine was within easy reach. That night the wind howled and blasted the sturdy little cottage, the log fire burned regardless and the stars shone brightly in the deepest darkest sky. All of that helped me to forget about anything I had left behind on the mainland, as I was encompassed in the wildness of the island.

My temporary studio and nespresso machine

My daily routine became very simple. Get out of bed, have breakfast, go to the beach (easier said than done when the wind is at 60mph), collect beach finds, go to coffee shop, return to cottage, paint, cook, go for evening walk, go to bed ...repeat.

My walk included visits to the mead centre and the very pretty little church of St Marys, which has some wonderful #stainedglass and the very atmospheric 'journey' sculpted by Fenwick Lawson

Mead, stained glass and Fenwick Lawson's sculpture

I completed three paintings during my week and made a start on three more that require more work back in my own studio. I will talk about the paintings I produced in my next blog.

Whatever happens in my studio I shall write about it here on my #blog so you can join me on the journey if you wish by subscribing, or following me on social media.

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