Before I began my 100 Days Project titled "Tide Marks" I had spent some time at Tahunanui Beach in Nelson. It was winter then, with beautiful calm, clear days and frosty mornings.
To capture my experience I took photographs and drew objects from the beach at home and wrote about what I could see, feel and hear. It was always the visual that captured me first - how the colours appeared bleached and washed out in the pale winter sun and when the tide was out the land, sand and the sea layered themselves out to the horizon.
And then I would hear the oyster catchers, hump backed as they called and cried and stalked around each other on the sand. I would become aware of the noise of the traffic on Rock's Road. It is a constant hum, a sound of movement and something I am not always aware of.
At the high tide mark there are always washed out collections of flotsam and jettison dropped onto the sand; seaweed, driftwood, plastic and nylon fishing line.
When I walked along the beach and closer to the sea I heard the gentle rush of sea as the waves broke onto the sand. It is the sound of constant movement.
The movement of the sea patterns the sand and leaves shells and small stones sitting on it's surface. I notice how the waves move in the sea closer and closer to breaking at the shore and as the lines move they get closer and closer to each other.
When I get home I got my photos printed and put them in my sketch book and simplify them as drawings I can use to make a series of black and white works that have become "Tide Marks" and my 100 Days Project.
It is great to have a purpose and a background for what I am doing and I am excited to see how my work is developing.
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo