|SHINE ON: by William Neal.|
THERE are very many places I would like to be at the moment that can mostly be reached from a runway. Yet, a journey that is good for the body and soul does not necessarily require a plane or even a grid reference. Some of the most beautiful and dramatic sights can be experienced on the “viewless wings” of imagination: through books, movies; photographs, poetry and particularly art.
William Neal is my favourite artist. He paints those evocative landscapes that softly call your name and lure you into the beauty and solitude of their other-worldliness. They are places that cannot be reached in the physical state but, the longer you gaze, the more you are drawn into the landscape and feel yourself there.
The picture here is called Shine On. It is one of the artist's very fine snowscapes in watercolour. This is a place that will never be ravaged by man and will always remain uncorrupted. You can walk around and hear your boots crunching in the snow without disturbing the pristine beauty of its surface. You can feel the bite of the evening frost on your face and the shimmer of moonlight in your hair. Above all, it's a place that you can revisit any time or simply never leave. So there's no need to wish I was there. I already am.
This post is in response to an invitation by my friend Janice Horton. She is holding an online launch party for her new book Reaching for the Stars - her third romantic novel and one that she has been working like a Trojan on for quite some time. After an exhausting sprint to the finish line, the book is out on Amazon in Kindle format. Take a look at it: www.janicehortonwriter.blogspot.com
Janice said: "On Wednesday 14th December just put up a photo or picture on YOUR BLOG of where you wish you could escape to - for a little while - or forever! It might be a paradise island, a secluded beach, a woodland hut, a mountain ski lodge? The possibilities are endless - but fun to imagine right in the middle of December! Then on Wednesday - as well as posting a full list of all the bloggers taking part on my blog - I'll be visiting all the blogs to see where YOU would like to escape to and to leave a comment!
"There will be prizes and several draws for all those taking part."