Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Art Soufflé appointed exclusive agent of Pierre Chalory

Art Soufflé/Samantha van Dalen has been appointed exclusive UK agent for French surrealist artist, Pierre Chalory, on 21st October 2014. Monsieur Chalory is well known in the US and his native France especially for his paintings which foretold 9/11. Samantha is organising a solo exhibition of Monsieur Chalory's oeuvre for the spring of 2015. For more of Mr. Chalory's paintings, please click here: Art Souffle- Pierre Chalory

To indicate your interest to attend the private view of the exhibition, please click here: Enquiry: Private view

 Faille dans le temps, copyright Pierre Chalory

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Two new artists

Art Soufflé is growing from strength to strength. Two new artists signed up today and I now represent them: Sussex artist, William de Wilde and French artist, Pierre Chalory. Both will be exhibiting at upcoming soufflés at the Brambletye Hotel and The Kingscote Estate. Please watch this space!

Copyright William de Wilde.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The season of falling leaves

Today in the woods the squirrels pelted me with half- eaten beech nuts and empty chestnut casings and I swear I heard them giggle with delight. As I looked up, I saw a bushy tail disappear into the canopy of golden leaves. Suddenly and out of nowhere, a strong gust of wind tore through the woods covering the hound and I with falling leaves. Soon after, the pelting by mischievous paws resumed.

Autumn may be grey and windy but it is also the season of new beginnings.  Some say spring is the symbol of starting again but for me it is many months before in the autumn when the planning and preparation take place. The culmination of efficient planning is the rebirth we see in spring. Nature demonstrates almost military precision in the way it organises life: each season has a specific purpose and all are reliant on each other. The concepts of teamwork and preparation have their roots in the natural world. Words like symbiosis and synergy are demonstrated in the relationship between living things- whether plant or animal based. The spider devours the moth and one could not exist without the other. The bee pollinates flowers, which turn to seeds and so on. Interestingly, human beings since their creation have brought havoc and chaos to the natural world, which is completely reliant on harmony in order to survive.
Philosophers have written endlessly about conducting self- examination for the purpose of understanding. Words though, cannot communicate what one feels by observing the extravagance and simplicity in equal measure that exists in the natural world. A walk in the woods re-enforces a wide-eyed amazement at how all life is miraculous. This acceptance of the inevitability of all things brings solace to weary souls. Nature cannot be all things but rather focuses on specific objectives instead. The tree comes to leaf in the spring then flowers. From the flowers, fruit form and the leaves die as the tree must concentrate all its nutrients on the developing fruit. The fruit disgorge their seeds and the cycle of rebirth becomes inevitable. If the natural world were to deviate from accomplishing set aims, chaos would descend and ultimately, nature would cease to exist as we know it. The balance on which all living things rely is fragile to say the least.

As I watch the falling leaves I am reminded of the past, present and the future. This is where life has led us- where we've been and where are we now. The lessons of the autumn are the same for all of us. Making decisions, reviewing one’s life, cleaning out the cobwebs, we are all familiar with these clichés. Yet without these much-needed actions on our part, we will not be able to make sense of the future, which comes soon enough. Everything we need to learn in this life is available for free in the woods near you.

Photos copyright SvD.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Things I saw in the woods today, part 94

The glorious woods, mysterious, mystical and welcoming (if you share the same spirit):

The luscious yew berry; seductress, inviting and death in 20 minutes flat: 

Mushrooms thriving in our unusually warm Autumn. Don't eat them! The rains of the last few days mean that the mushrooms are full of maggots and taste of rain- insipid and wriggly- two bad combinations!

Any my favourite:
The spider in his lair with lunch:

All photos copyright SvD.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Gill's latest painting

Literally finished today! A very pretty scene that is familiar to anyone who has driven through West Sussex on a summer's day.
"Summer poppies in a Sussex Meadow", Oil on canvas. Photo and painting copyright Gill Bustamante 2014

For all of Gill's paintings currently for sale, please click here: Gill Bustamante Portfolio represented by S van Dalen

My latest article on The Huffington Post

October 13 2014

Photo copyright SvD.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Things I saw in the woods today, part 93

How many of these can you eat? I'll give you a clue- all except one.


Holly berries.

One half of a pigeon.

Rose hips (of the dog rose).

All photos copyright SvD.

PS Mr. Fox was very wasteful and should have polished off the whole pigeon! Proves that all species share a similar trait in times of plenty.