Everybody needs Solace
The human need for solace is eternal. From early childhood on and throughout our life, there are challenging moments and burdensome periods in which we seek solace to help us get through, to keep up hope and find strength. In addition to our very personal themes there are overarching challenges for families, groups, cities, countries or, indeed, our whole planet. The COVID 19 pandemic is affecting people’s lives dramatically – worldwide. Everybody needs solace, arguable now more than ever.
So, who to turn to in times of need? Obviously, the comfort of our loved ones and general human kindness can be wonderfully uplifting. Yet, for some this may be hard to obtain. Many people are alone and lonely. Also, during lockdown it may prove impossible to see and hug our loved ones.
There are, however, two important sources of solace which are available to all of us - art and nature. Art has provided solace for centuries, if not millennia. As an artist we do not only derive solace through creating, more importantly, we can offer solace by sharing and inspiring others as viewers or participators. Nature is an eternal provider of solace. We are all part of nature. A walk through the fields, tending our garden or indoor plants or any contact with another being can present a lifeline to mental stability.
My walk at Dyrham Park was uplifting and invigorating. Seeing (and photographing) their large herd of beautiful deer left me feeling full of awe. I took many photos of the atmospheric autumnal landscape, its imposing buildings and their well-kept gardens. Out of these I chose three photographs and explored the parks atmosphere further in a painting. My personal location reflects my daily walk across near-by fields which particularly during lock down has helped me to feel connected.