After having retired a number of years ago I wanted to use my time creatively. I walk in the countryside and enjoy observing wildlife. I’m lucky to be in a part of England where we can regularly see red kites. I am part of a team of volunteers who monitor the activities of these wonderful birds. I’m focussing on creative writing at the moment but have also painted in the past and am still inspired by paintings and sculptures. I hope to post poems and other writing about the natural world, art and the challenges of modern living. I’m concerned about the environment and would like to think we can be caretakers of the earth! We are part of nature; not separate. Many of us find solace when we’re in natural surroundings and can sense a spiritual quality to life more clearly. I’ll also be exploring how we can be spiritual without necessarily being religious. I chose the path of Zen Buddhism over twenty years ago but prefer not to be too denominational in my practice.
I have called my blog, all things creative, as I believe a creative response to life, in its broadest sense, is a big part of being human. You can listen to an excellent TED talk on my blog which shows how important creativity is; and how it is undervalued, particularly in our educational systems.
2016 update. I am writing a book which I hope to have published in the next few years – it consists of my response to Vasari’s Live of the Artists and is a hybrid of art history, self-inquiry, my poetry about the artists, theology and spirituality for today. It will feature 22 prints of Renaissance art and hopefully be published by an international publisher who specialises in quality hardbacks. As of July 2017 the book is still looking for a publisher. I am now half way through a book about Blake’s Job engravings and Buddhist practice.