By Sea and Forest Enchanted – Living in The Bubble

By Sea and Forest Enchanted – Living in The Bubble

May 11, 2020


Samantha Gabriel

 By Sea and Forest Enchanted…

Nova Foresta, by sea and forest enchanted, the ancient hunting ground of William the Conqueror.  The New Forest National Park is an area of outstanding woodland, heath and a beautiful stretch of coastline which affords views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Its history is full of kings, smugglers, foresters and travellers alike whose presence you can still feel as you explore the area.

Living in the Bubble

Living in the forest is a little like living in a bubble. As soon as you leave the motorway and head into the forest you enter another world! I lived out in the forest, where the animals roam freely.  A traffic jam in the forest is not cars, buses and lorries but cows, horses and donkeys bimbling along road. They have right of way as they roam freely,  not the cars and other vehicles.  So, we learn to have patience and go with the rhythm of the forests

We used to picnic out on the heathland or in Gypsy Wood, a beautiful copse standing proud on the heath opposite our house.  To enter Gypsy Wood you have to be in good spirit to pay respect to the sacred ground, a nod to the travellers who lived there in times gone by. If you are in a bad mood, you should not enter…think Ents, Lord of The Rings type retribution!

Now we live on the coast, still in the boundaries of The New Forest, in Milford on Sea. We are very near to the sea, funnily enough, with coastal walks on the doorstep. The Isle of Wight opposite gleams in the sunshine on sunny days or is covered in a cascading fog on others. There is a beautiful coastal walk from the mouth of Lymington river past the salt marshes and on to Keyhaven Nature reserve where you can observe or walk down to  Hurst Castle, at the end of a pebble spit. Both the forest and the coastal path are full of such vibrant wildlife from the four -legged kind to the two -legged kind and is inspiration for our local artists.

Samantha Gabriel – Mixed Media Artist

Talking of local artists, we had a delivery from the very talented Samantha Gabriel this week and now have some more of her stunning mixed media paintings to display in the gallery.

Sam draws her inspiration from her daily walks along the coastal paths of the ancient salt marshes near to us. She creates using mixed media, layers of plaster applied to boards, designs sketched and then relief carved and finally painted.  A favourite of mine are the magnificent angel wings which really resonate with me. I love the detail and texture on the wings which give a calm and reflective mood to the space it is in. Perfect for a reading or meditation space.

Some of Sam’s paintings are now on display in the gallery window in MIlford on Sea. Come for a stroll past the gallery window on your daily walk and take a look, give us a wave and get in touch if you would like any more information!

Trade Winds Gallery are delighted to be part of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) 250 Club. SAS is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life. We are really proud to support the work that they carry out, such as beach clean ups, education and campaigning, and look forward to continuing to be part of the positive change!

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