Life of an Artist and Photographer in Exmoor National Park

Melody Hawtin B.A.Hons  – Artist

David Hawtin – Photographer

 

Melody and David - Artist and Photographer in Exmoor National Park
Melody and David – Artist and Photographer in Exmoor National Park

So here we go, Melody and David with some subjects to get started on.

Poetry

Art History

Exmoor National Park

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

 

Poetry

Melody has always written poems, something she inherited from her father, and something that goes hand in hand with her paintings and her whole connection with art.  One could say of Melody that she is an holistic artist, everything she does relates to her love and connection with art, so whether she is painting, taking photographs, decorating the home or even cooking a meal, all of these things and more involve her love of art and creativity.

Often, when Melody returns from her morning walk, she will have a few lines or verses of how the light, sky, sea or land has captured her imagination and it is in this that a painting may be forming within. 

Melody has and underlying theme in her paintings of Hope and Restoration and this can also be seen within her poems, a heart for humanity and individuals, a message that the journey isn’t yet complete.  

This is a growing selection of Melody’s poems and thoughts, just something more, another glimpse into Melody’s heart.  She hopes you enjoy the poems and her art.

Art History

Melody studied art at Winchester School of Art where she received her degree in studio and art history.  For Melody Art History is as important as painting, she has an extensive library which she reads and adds to regularly.  Art History is a major influence on Melody’s work and she will often spend weeks reading and studying before a new painting emerges.

Melody has several projects on the go and will be adding articles about various artists as the mood takes her.

Exmoor National Park

It’s where we live, the landscape and coastline are stunning, we have the second highest tide swings in the world and the sea cliffs are the

Come With Us To Exmoor - I just love the grouping of the red deer in this photo, it could not have been better posed
Come With Us To Exmoor – I just love the grouping of the red deer in this photo, it could not have been better posed
Purple Headed Mountain - landscape painting in oil on canvas
Purple Headed Mountain – landscape painting in oil on canvas

tallest in England, combine that with the light and the colours of Exmoor and you have an idyllic home for

any artist or photographer.

So, between us we have so much to share and enthuse about and as we embark on this we look forward to the journey.

 

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan

Set in Cornwall between St Austell and Mevagissey this is a lost and forgotten garden first established during the Victorian era.  We both love it, the restoration has opened a garden of interest, with walled kitchen garden and all the Victorian skill to grow fruit that just didn’t

Finding A Friend - Melody finds a lost friend at Heligan
Finding A Friend – Melody finds a lost friend at Heligan

belong in this country.  Artistically there is so much to enjoy, wandering around, getting lost, finding yourself somewhere unexpected.

The Gardeners Tool Shed in The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Gardeners Tool Shed in The Lost Gardens of Heligan

It is probably one of our favourite locations helped in that there is so much in the area, Charlestown that features often in the television series Poldark, The Roseland Peninsular with lovely coast also Melody has memories of places her father talked about, where he swam or visited as a boy.

We have now had three long stays at Heligan and have lots of photos and sketches to work on.

 

The lawn roller found

The whole of Heligan Gardens is an exploration, not something to be taken in a hurry but a journey coming across things from different directions, a surprise finding yourself unexpectedly back at the same spot again.  Melody and I have had three extended visits to The Lost Gardens of Heligan and have not been disappointed, wonderfully restored and enhanced while keeping with the original.

 

The Lawn Roller at Heligan Gardens
The Lawn Roller at Heligan Gardens

My first photograph is a black and white of an old lawn roller found under a tree, not the only roller to be found but this one attracted my attention, leaning against a tree, the two parts detached but not far apart, it seems significant to the story.  Just a short way away is the formal and immaculate garden and lawn and one can imagine how often this was used, but now in it’s old age it leans against a tree and reminisces of former glory.