Hello again! Sometimes, after I’ve been sitting for too long at the easel or at the computer, or (let’s admit it), just sitting too long period, I get crampy. I think, after a certain age (one that I passed a while ago) we all need to take a few extra vitamins and minerals to keep the joints loose and the muscles moving….when we remember to move them! And, move them we must. I’m going to have to start setting a reminder in my phone to get up and move so I don’t get stuck like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz!
Sometimes, I have to admit, I have to take a little side trip to somewhere like an acupuncture office or even a chiropractic office…or both lol. So, I’ve set forth for myself a little challenge, and I’m inviting everyone to participate and find excavating companies.
At lunch time, or some other set time during the day (depending on whether or not you work) I invite you to go outside and go for a walk. During your walk, look for the art all around you. It can be art in nature (which you, then, could turn into art in whatever medium you choose, hint hint) or it could be art in the buildings in your neighborhood. The choice is entirely up to you. This is your adventure!
If it’s art in nature, take a picture. Look it up. Is it a wildling, or is it an invasive species? Is it an escapee from someone’s garden/ pet shop/ home? Always good to know at what you’re looking.
If it’s art in someone’s office building, take a gander at the artist’s name. Can you find out anything about them? Have they done any other pieces? What do you like about their art? What do you dislike? Maybe you can start to build a notebook of favorite artists (and those not so favorite ones) during your midday exercise.
Just think of the conversations you can have. Won’t it be nice to talk about something other than work, the kids, and current events? You can discuss your new exercise regimen with your kids, your friends, your spouse or significant other. You can even challenge THEM to the same activity! Then you can all compare notes. Who knows, it might even become a family affair!
We used to have a card deck that had suggestions for conversation starters with teenagers. It didn’t always work. This might not, either. However, whether you use your new notebook as a source of inspiration for your next art project, or as a conversation starter with friends and family, or some other purpose, at least you’ll have had your exercise. And that’s great.
Oh, and maybe eat an apple. You can never be too careful.