I closed my eyes.
Birds chirped and chattered around us in the bush, punctuated by the distinctive clicks and cackles from the tuis. Everything smelled crisp after the rain. The grass was still too damp to sit on so I was perched on a random, and cold, slab of concrete in the clearing. A slight wind stirred the air, rustling leaves, and making the skin on my arms and legs goose pimple. I’d hopefully dressed for summer, but this time last year, the weather in Wellington hadn’t gotten the memo. I’d left a sun-drenched Hamilton airport, and bumped through squalling winds and lashing rain into Wellington.
My favourite place? Hmm… good question.
I was at my art school, out in the surrounding bush, our tutor leading our class in a guided daydream. We were to imagine our favourite place. Well, I was cold, so what about finding some warmth? And where better to go, than straight up, above the grey blanket of cloud and find blue sky and sun? Soon, I stood on top of the clouds, the fluffy mass springy under my feet, and turned my face to the warm.
Who was with me? And what were they doing?
I looked around. Yes, there they were. Lithe, long-limbed figures dived in and out of the clouds as though swimming, flying, and dancing all at the same time. Long strands of white trailed and tangled around them as they played. Maybe I could do that too. I bounced cautiously on my cloud, stretched my hands over my head, and jumped. It was like diving into the softest water. I “swam” to the surface of the cloud and paddled there happily. The bright limbs of an air dancer leapt over me. It surfaced and splashed cloud in my direction.
Then our tutor’s voice was calling us back. Reluctantly, I left my new friends and floated down through the clouds. I opened my eyes to the bush clearing and overcast cold.
And my adventure with the air dancers begins…
On a side note, I’m so excited to be part of “Artists at Work” again this year. I’ll be demonstrating how my digital magic happens as I work on some pieces for our Raglan Art Easter exhibition… Pop on into the Te Awamutu library on the 16th of March from 10am – 3pm and say hi!