Take A Walk On The Wild Side

November 17, 2011

Feasting on the exquisite beauty that surrounds us not only brings us into the present moment (where gratitude lives), but also gives us a sense of belonging to this big beautiful world in which we live.

This month let yourself feast on nature’s bounty by taking an art walk in nature and making some impromptu art as a token of gratitude.

Simply:

  1. Head out into nature and take a walk. (Easy, right?!)
  2. Along the way, collect fallen leaves, seedpods, acorns, small rocks, bird feathers, twigs, and anything else that catches your eye. Walk slowly, deliberately and notice your surroundings. Really notice the colors, shapes and textures all around you.
  3. Once you’ve collected your natural treasures, stop and make an “art installation” with them. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or make left-brain sense. Let the natural materials that you’ve chosen guide you in creating a shape or structure. Create it in the location and leave it right there. Then, say thank you! This is your token of gratitude to nature.

Please let me know about the natural treasures you discovered while walking. I’d love to hear about your creative process and your experience with your own grateful art installation…

Looking for more? Then check out Andy Goldsworthy’s work. He’s perhaps the most renowned and revered nature artist of our time. His art installations are amazing, both in their simplicity of the natural materials he uses and in the complexity of his diligence and craftsmanship. Andy Goldsworthy says, “I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and ‘found’ tools – a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered.”

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Robert November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

Good morning LB. Thanks for the Andy Goldsworthy picture. What a lovely inspiration on a beautiful autumn day! It is such powerful visual poetry. I needed it today. xxxoooRLM

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Lisa November 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I knew this post would speak to you… it’s such a gorgeous day today that I hope you take some time in nature to create your own visual poetry that would make Andy Goldsworthy swoon!
xoxo Lisa

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