Kdb Wilderland Maine Project.
Have you ever dreamed of doing something so dear to your heart that it brought tears to your eyes? I did and decided to take to the Wilderland. Day by day, week by week and month by month for an entire year. Late last summer I packed up my home, put things in storage and moved myself to what is now my Wilderland Art Studio and Basecamp in the heart of Phippsburg. The goal was to walk, photograph and explore, then come back to the studio and paint from the photographs and my experiences of the day. Weather is not a deterrent because I decided to make this my job, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
The Mid-coast area of Maine is watery. Ponds, Bogs, Estuaries, Creeks, Rivers, Tidal Basins and the Ocean. The tides are extreme, Rivers, Estuaries and the Sea can change sometimes up to 10 feet and on the Full or New Moon even more so. Light reflection on the water, sand and wet rocks, icy rivers and ponds is always an inspiration. I chose to do the Wilderland Maine project here, where the Kennebec River meets the Gulf of Maine. Every day I learn about nature and myself, as an artist, a woman and a citizen of the natural world. What a gift, this project.
Lessons from the Wilderland. I have been amazed and humbled by the things I have discovered on my walks out in this magical place. Often I am the only person at the edge of the sea walking the shore of a lonely pond, creek or marsh. Just me and a few birdies, squirrels, a skunk or two and maybe even a porcupine. I have marveled at entire ledges filled with many varieties and colors of lichens and the sensual moss covered forest floors. I have even gotten lost, well disoriented really. Night was falling as a big thunderstorm was closing in, I made it out rattled, but fine. I am always learning out here in the Wilderland. Nature, time and tides are tough teachers. Simple, things are black and white, it is or it isn’t, the sun has set, the moon has risen, the tide is in, the tide is out. I have come to respect, like and understand the absolute of nature. No confusion, no gray areas. The colors of the landscape are inspiring, everyday, always changing, never the same, not even twice, I like that too. One has to be patient waiting for the light, waiting for leaves to turn, leaves to fall, leaves to come back in the spring. A studied patience is required, everyday. All you have to do is accept and be available for all that nature has to share on that particular day. Oh this Wilderland, my own personal heaven. I am in love on so many levels.
Intrigued? Would you like to know more or watch this Maine ART project unfold, season by season? A few options, “like” me on Facebook kdb.Wilderland.Maine or you can look at Photos, Paintings and Blog articles at www.kdbwilderland.com . Send me a note with your questions, I would like to hear your thoughts. Thank you for being interested.
kdb at the Wilderland Basecamp/Studio, Phippsburg, Maine