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Looking at the Köyceğiz Lake from a distance helps me to understand the story of sweetgum forests and significance of the project. The whole event feels like the reunion of people who shares the same concerns and urge to create for nature, but never met before. The critics on our artwork was never monotypical, on the contrary it was enthusing for each of us. It was a very satisfying week in terms of both content and techniques. It was striking for me to learn that plantation of other plants may harm the sweetgums. The story of sweetgum oil production; wounding trees for oil, balance between harming and harvesting, and in some cases abusement of trees gave me a different point of view and awareness. I realised even a small change in ecosystem may have destructive results. This event make me remember the importance of observation. Gizem Güvendağ, Illustrator & Animator The swampy area was not my favourite (too much for me) but the most remarkable place that we visited during the project. It was scary but also has a different kind of attractiveness. It was the first time that I felt in the core of wilderness. In Dalyan, when everyone went for swimming, I was alone in the boat and suddenly faced with a caretta caretta. It was the first time I saw such a creature, I have never imagined that they were so big. I had a moment of unintentional smiling :) It was mind opening to see people’s artwork differing, while they are looking at the same view. Duygu Topçu, Illustrator & Art Student This is thrilling every time I remember, I was looking for some dry place to sit after the rain. I walked away from the group, found an old mossy sweetgum and decided to settle. I was planning to draw the young sweetgum in front of me when I noticed the butterfly “speckled wood”. I watch it dancing and feel a light vibrance coming from the tree that I lean on, it was a woodpecker feeding. I unintentionally hold my breath to not scare him. I couldn’t look at him but feel him. It was a whole different planet with sparkling raindrops, every tone of green, butterflies, dragonflies... As a non-professional, I found it very useful to be with young Turkish professionals and it gives me enthusiasm. Watching British wildlife artists working, talking with them was inspiring. I wanted to be as productive when I go back home. I work for a nature conservation NGO and I was aware of sweetgums but with this event I witnessed the critical situation. I feel more interested in the conservation of this species and their ecosystem now. Nilüfer Araç, Nature Conservation Professional Facing with nature, making art in it is quite inspiring. Each time, I feel refreshed, changed and purified. This is hard to explain. I used mostly ink and slightly coloured it to show my senses, it was full of emotions (and feels like worshipping). Medine Irak, Academic in Art School Kavakarası Sweetgum forest was my favourite place among others. I was impressed by thousand tone of green, the smell that comes from the dancing branches of the trees, songs of birds. It was an amazing experience. It was so special being among many young artists using different techniques and creating/producing for the same desire. The best part of the project was the feeling of creating artwork in synergy with other artists to help people recognize the significance of nature, by using my own instruments: brushes, pens and paint. I found being in dialogue with British artists very helpful for improvement of our works. The first day, I go for my old habits and used a more “line-ish” style but after the first share and tell session, the second day was different. I let the nature occur to me, I listened, smelled and touched. It changed my point of view and way of feeling the nature. And this time the result was quite different. Talking with SWLA Artists at the end of each day also helped with my improvement. Zeynep Sağır, Art Student I didn’t think of myself as an artist before; but the week and the British Team shaped me, changed my point of view and make me notice what I am capable of. Now I proudly think of myself as a wildlife artist. Tora Benzeyen, Birdwatcher Students Words, Turkey 18

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The Natural Eye 2016  

The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition celebrates the natural world in all its guises through drawing, printmaking, painting and...

The Natural Eye 2016  

The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition celebrates the natural world in all its guises through drawing, printmaking, painting and...

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