Today, I invite you to reflect on changes in your life in the past year. What cycles were interrupted by the pandemic? What new ones that have emerged? I miss the rhythm of quiet working followed by art shows where I get to see friends and share my work in a public celebration. I am exploring new rhythms around online gatherings and sharing work on-line.
Practice - Drawing from the Inside Out
Drawing can be a great tool for exploring attention. We often imagine beginning a drawing with the outline and then filling in the details. For this exercise, try beginning in the center and work your way out.
Select a natural object such as a leaf, flower, pine cone, shell, fruit or vegetable. Begin with a detail in the center and work your way out. The goal is to explore and notice details and textures as you observe closely. It is my hope that this practice will offer a quality of gentle attention.
This can be done as a doodle on a scrap of paper, it should feel playful not pressured.
Inspiration from Nature - Ice Art
The photos below are designs in the ice at Huntley Meadows Park. Each time I visit they have been created anew by cycles of freezing and thawing.
I’d love to hear if you notice other creations resulting from cycles of opposites in nature.