Thursday, 17 May 2012

Cornwall Claimed My Heart (IA Art with Heart)


This week's theme at Inspiration Avenue is Art with Heart. Many years ago, Cornwall stole my heart with its beauty, history and mythology. We moved here over twelve years ago after it bewitched us. Since then Cornwall has continued to inspire me and has become the heart of most of my creative work in some form or other.  I've often posted coastal or woodland photos on my blog. But the rich mystical history in Cornwall also feeds my creativity. The above photo is of Restormel castle I took recently. A 13th Century castle with a wealth of historical stories surrounding it, set in beautiful countryside and close to where I live. Below are a few more photos I've taken in Cornwall recently. These are of Helman Tor, a hill with Neolithic stone that is just a few miles from me:







Due to my mobility I've never managed to get to the top but my children love to explore the 'rooms' and 'stone seats' and 'hiding places' up there. These pictures were on a day when I made (with help) the huge and happy achievement of getting a little further than the highest car park for the first time and so was able to take some photos. It is a wonderful place to exercise the imagination and fuel creativity. Click on the place names to view links that will tell you more about these two ancient sites.

Life feels very busy at the minute and my blog has suffered but hopefully you'll enjoy these photos as a way of making up for my abandonment :-)

This weekend we have the Olympic Torch passing right past our front door. Dances are being practiced, houses decorated (my kids have gone paper chain making crazy), flags up and gatherings organised; should be a fun piece of history in the making.
  • What/Who is at the heart of your creativity?
Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend!


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13 comments:

  1. Kat, I can see why your heart belongs to Cornwall. It is absolutely gorgeous. So much green, wildflowers, and nature to behold. Thank you for showing me a part of your "heart" that I will probably never get to see. And how awesome that the torch is going right past your house. Have a great weekend and enjoy the torch.

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  2. Lovely post Kat! I've only been to Cornwall once but it's a gorgeous place, I can definitely see why you feel inspired there.

    How cool that you get to see the Olympic flame so close up, I bet your kids are really excited!

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  3. It is a magical, absolutely gorgeous place. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos!

    Very exciting to see the Olympic torch! My daughter will be in Oxford later in the summer when it passes through there.

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  4. Sigh... I love Cornwall too. Next time I am down that way I will pop in and see you and we can talk art for hours!!

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    1. Lisa - definitely love to see you next time you're in Cornwall!!! Kat Xx

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  5. Ohhh I'd love to visit Cornwall. So many enchanting things I've heard and read about there. Beautiful and Magic. Hope you are well. I send love.

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  6. Awh....beautiful. I can see why it has captured your heart. I have always wanted to visit and still hope to one day! Thanks for sharing your slice of heaven!

    XO
    Kim

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  7. What beautiful pictures! They kind of remind me of Ireland. I've never actually been to Ireland, but I imagine that's what it would like.

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  8. Gorgeous photos, Kat! Congrats on getting up higher than you had before for your photo shoot! I can see why it would pull to you to photograph it and write about it and linger with your thoughts.

    That's really exciting about the olympic torch. Love the thought of the paper chains taking over your house! :)

    Nature and flowers are probably at the heart of my creativity. They always inspire me.

    Hugs to you!!

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  9. i'm only now getting around everyone... your photos of cornwall are just lovely! there is something very magical down in the southwest... a great entry :)

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  10. Thank you all for your lovely comments. The celebrations for the Olympic torch passing through the village went really well. The weather held and the village had a carnival feel about it that was fun :-) I shall have to post some photos here or on facebook soon. I shall get to visit you all very soon. Meanwhile, thanks for visiting :-)
    Kat Xx

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  11. I think Cornwall is an extraordinary place and so inspiring. I'd love to live there. At the moment the foreign culture is what's inspiring me: so many new and different visuals to take in...

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    1. Jenny - thank you :-) The photos & stories of your experience that you share on your blog are rich with inspiration. Its easy to see how you're inspired there :-) Good to hear from you! Kat Xx

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