Saturday, 8 October 2016
The journey in Nurney Farm, through the Organic Growers of Ireland apprentice scheme is coming to an end, is one of the most fulfilling experience I ever done in my life.
Being close to nature, so close to it, being told to talk to the plants (oh yes), respect the pests, work to make the soil alive and beautiful and raise some amazing beautiful, tasty and chemical free crops taught me a lot, not only about the plant world, indeed about myself, my deepest self.
I have been living on my own for six month, it was hard at the start, painting along in the colds evenings of April... then coming to the summer with some hard work involving covering crops with biomash, fleece, lifting tires, building cages for tomatoes and making structures for beans... planting, sowing... lifting lots of crates... my old city lifestyle just dropped into the deepest corner of my memories, somewhere far, far away... where physical work and some new sexy muscle mass and respect for nature and living creatures raised spontanously to make me aware of some hidden world I never realized was there waiting for me.
Wednesday I am gonna have an exam in Production of Organic Growing... end of the season for me, in Nurney... but still working for them in the Market.
Deirdre tough me so much... has been such a good Master. I am very grateful for the tough times I experienced that made me learn what's like being in a farm and being independent.
Is like reaching waves in a stormy weather... hard to get behind the peak, paddle paddle to the right spot and then is such an amazing feeling to fly on the board and go smoothly at the surface of the deep sea...
Things are changing again, another turning point in my life, i am experiencing everything so powerfully that I just feel blessed by Nature all at once.
I love being here, beside my love, beside this shiny green plants and their powerful aura that teach us all the secrets of life. We just needed to be taught from the beginning that growing is such a healing remedy to be happy in life. I would have never encounter this if I didn't move to the magic Emerald Island, where the energy is connecting all of us, the forces that connect me to agriculture here are stronger than ever and there must be a reason for it. Will see what that is...
Monday, 15 August 2016
The work I have been doing since 2015 is getting into shape, i feel fullfilled with hard work in the field and the few hours spent in Dublin managing the seeds list for the new Organic conversion for NCAD community garden.
I now look through the window while I am finishing off my last few flower greeting cards and I can admire the beautiful purple Mallow and the creamed yellow Marigold which is edible and I often add to some porridge in the morning or into a stir-fry from fresh courgettes and beetroot freshly harvested from the garden.
My life changed completely since I started to grow. Growing food is not only a way of feeding yourself but is a whole way of living day by day. The fact I don't need to go to Tesco anymore makes me feel rich inside... and believe me, the pocket feels good too.
On Saturday I was working at the Green Door Market for the second time. Knowing that the vegetable I sell are the one I sowed, planted and harvested is an amazing feeling. Costumers are surprised when I say I picked them and they kindly smile thinking that a skinny girl like me can do all that job lifting manure, soil, heavy vegetable boxes... but yes, this is what I do every day, and yes, giving to people these amazing crops knowing all the history behind is something special.
I believe we can be aware of what we eat and slowly change our lifestyle, giving each others time even if we work in the busiest city, having time for what people are slowly forgetting... the relationship with food changed so much last few decades that we need to bring it back to the origins.
For me painting nature and growing is a way of showing people what we have around, how we can co-create with nature in order to feel better, feel closer to each others sharing the energy that nature send us every single minute of our life.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Sharing is the answer, sharing and growing together.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Since the end of 2015 I started to prepare myself for two exhibitions and one big project: Bloom Botanical and Floral Art Exhibition and "Rose" at Bobbio Castello in Fiore (Italy) and The Heritage Plants of Ireland, with the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society.
To now a bit more about I will send you to this link.
The 'Plandai Oidhreachta' project is continuing. This is a joint project between the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and the Irish Garden Plant Society. The artists are illustrating new garden plants which have been bred by Irish plantsmen and women. Members of the Irish Garden Plant Society are writing text to accompany the paintings and the whole will be published in a book which will be released in November this year. There will be an accompanying exhibition at the Botanic Gardens. The book is available to pre order on the website of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.
(Thanks to Lynn
Stringerfor the text)
There will be anotherBotanical Art Exhibition at The Galway Garden Festival held in Claregalway on the 2nd and 3rd of July, I will show 4/5 paintings.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
I came to Ireland in 2012 and was inspired by the green spaces around me and the lovely bright colours of the flowers. Nature tell us more when we paint it, and I want to show the beauty and the soul of each plant I draw.
Plants are not still, but are moving all the time. I try to capture the movement of each plant I draw, to follow each seconds of life with my pencil.
I want to express thorough my art the passion I have for growing things. I love to get involved with local community garden projects and support their work though my art and gardening."