Challenge - March 2012
Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier, when day and night are of equal duration before the descent into increasing darkness of winter.
For our first meeting of 2012, we challenge you to produce an artwork inspired by the following text…..
Autumn Birds by John Clare
The wild duck startles like a sudden thought,
And heron slow as if it might be caught.
The flopping crows on weary wings go by
And grey beard jackdaws noising as they fly.
The crowds of starnels whizz and hurry by,
And darken like a clod the evening sky.
The larks like thunder rise and suthy round,
Then drop and nestle in the stubble ground.
The wild swan hurries hight and noises loud
With white neck peering to the evening clowd.
The weary rooks to distant woods are gone.
With lengths of tail the magpie winnows on
To neighbouring tree, and leaves the distant crow
While small birds nestle in the edge below.
John Clare (13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864) was an English poet, born the son of a farm labourer who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption.
Any materials and technique/s may be used for this challenge – the only restriction is the artwork must contain a bird/birds, part of the bird or the whole bird.