We went with a small group to the village of Aiguillanes, just south of the Plantaurel, a very long ridge (80 km?) which is a significant boundary as you have to go through it to reach the 'high mountain' culture. From the vilage we walked towards the ridge and followed the GR7 eastwards (badly signposted), which runs half way between the ridge with the scrub land and the pastures.
We looked at the village and shared with each other what we saw and soon we realized that we all saw different elements, but together we could form a more coherent picture.
Then we continued on the path and we had to walk through dry prickly scrub land, after all it was the southern slop of a mountain ridge!
Then we walked down into the valley and were very relieved that we could walk through open fields on via a small road back through valley towards where we have left our cars.
We are looking forwards to the next session.
Excursion 25th of April 2010
This time we went to Puivert, towards the southern side of the valley, before it goes over onto the high mountains. So we walked at the bottom of a northern slope and partly followed the Cathar route from out of the Plateau de Sault direction Puivert.
This time we set out to look at the structure of fields, streams, roads and trees and bushes and in how far men had structured these and so we didn't look too much how things looked in relation to colours, bright and dark surfaces like last time, but more at structures and forms in the landscape.
Then we shared these observations and experiences before lunch and after lunch we draw/paint a scenery also with the aim to accentuate structures, forms and roads in the landscape.
Soon we noticed many interesting features, so that in our conversation after the drawing session, we even used the word 'our tree', which was a fairly large tree, full in blossom in the middle of a green field and the cows had shaped the tree at the bottom.
|View to the area where we were walking and drawing|
Two of us drew or painted the view to the west and one of us towards Puivert castle.
After lunch we thought to walk back and planned to focus now on the branches of trees, which were now in various stages of budding. But walking along a small hamlet we went in the village and met an old farmer, who very friendly showed us his 6 cows and we helped him to bring them out into the field and later his few sheep and he showed us his garden. He had lived there all his life. After lunch I had also drawn the village and was now pleased to experience what actually lives and happens in this village.
Excursion 26th of September 2010This time we went to Plateau du Sault and as it was rather cold and raining, we drew the landscape from out of the minibus and then each wrote notes about the 4 dimensions of 'Legible Landscape' (vertical, horizontal, seasonal and historical dimensions of landscape) and afterwards we shared our experiences. Then we went for a walk and looked in more detail at the many different aspect and we were surprised how many flowers were still around.
and Andie from the bottom. Again it was altogether a rich experience, because by sharing experiences and observations, we opened our eyes to aspects which we normally would perhaps have overlooked.
|Aunat; Our perspective|
Amanda was so absorbed in her painting and observing, that she totally forgot the time.