I love walking. Not a day goes by where I don’t spend some time outside wandering, whether with purpose or purely for pleasure. I have never learned to drive so walking has always been my default travel mode (supplemented where necessary by public transport). My favourite place to wander is the woods, where the air smells of earth, the ground is carpeted with moss and birds flit to and fro.
I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am dark
there is vision around me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me.
If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.
To walk without destination or purpose is so freeing and it’s when creative ideas are often birthed and developed. For there is something about the physical rhythm of putting one foot in front of the other that brings not just a release from nervous energy but a mental rest that comes from daydreaming and allowing thoughts to wander far and wide.
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of wellbeing and walk away from every illness. I have walked into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.
This week I will be wandering far from my forest paths and the company of birds as I’m having a short break away with my husband to celebrate my birthday. While I will miss my birds I’m very much looking forward to walking down new paths as well as exploring historic and crafty spots, cathedrals, museums and wherever else my feet take me. My trusty notebooks will be travelling with me so I hope to return with a collection of new ideas inspired by my wanders…
Thoughts come clearly when one walks
A note about the artwork:
This latest work was painted on 5.8” x 5.8” boxed canvas and features one of the regular visitors to my studio window feeders. I have a real soft spot for the Dunnock; a shy little bird which is often mistaken for a sparrow or overlooked altogether. Unlike many better-known garden birds they are solitary and quiet and often keep themselves hidden. But this young fellow has grown comfortable visiting the feeders and sometimes picks up the fallen seeds on the window ledge, peeking in my window as he does so…