As I took my Jack Russell – Stanley – for his Sunday morning walk I noticed the fields had been ploughed ready for this year’s crops. I love the regular patterns that are created by the plough as they carve through the earth. The way they follow the curves of the field or cut straight across in the most efficient manner.
Where’s the inspiration here?
Well for me it was how the straight lines naturally took the eye through the field to a solitary oak tree. The way the light was falling across the tilled ground provided lines of light and shade. It immediately came to me that I could achieve the same effect with cut grass, the way the mower provides beautifully regular, even lines in the grass.
It also reminded me of the beautifully raked gravel gardens in Japanese temples, could their inspiration have come from the neat lines of the paddy fields? Who knows (probably loads of people)?
Well that’s the way my mind works!