Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Walk Three Hundred and Sixty-Two – Nashe’s farm land from the woodland park

fromthewoodlandpark
I had thought that the last week of this challenge I would go in a blaze of glory. A magnificent display on my blog of huge paintings that took hours to produce. However the day-job and life get in the way. In any case that would be missing the point. Today as I joyfully squeezed a tiny bit of time into my ordinary life to put in that bit of balance – time to exercise the body and feed the soul with a little bit of creativity – I realised that this is what this is about. Just doing the little that can be fitted into living. And not letting the bad art (that is an inevitable part of the process) put you off doing it again and again. Like many people, I’ve had a lifelong problem with sport. My complete uselessness at most of the things that sport requires – balance, ball sense, whatever has meant that I could quite happily never do a stroke of exercise again. But where would that leave all the other parts of life? I’m sure that being fit helps in the process of making marks, painting, thinking. So for a balanced life I need to squeeze in some form of exercise. After this year is up I will continue to walk every day and sometimes inspired by Alison’s epic journey I might get on the back of that tandem! Anyway enough wittering – back to work!
190mm x 115mm pen and watercolour in moleskine

9 Comments:

Blogger brian nelson said...

Beautiful painting! Thanks for sharing.

1:20 am  
Blogger Hashi said...

Yes, regular exercise makes all parts of one's life better. I'm going to miss this blog!

4:00 am  
Blogger Penny said...

Hashi, I am going to miss it too, so much is the essence of an England i dont know but as a child all my books were about England, not Australia so it has been a very special time for me.

4:33 am  
Blogger Africantapestry said...

Well, this is really glorious! Wonderful colors again and beautiful rendition of a very simple, lovely landcape..
Ronell

8:05 am  
Blogger Alison said...

Well, this is a glorious one indeed. 'Wittering' is one of my Mum's favourite words - not many people use it these days, it seems. You're right about organised sport - suits some but is a misery for others, me included. Fortunately, my children never went in for it. But slow moving through the landscape, noticing the detail and the wider view, experiencing the elements is a real pleasure. I too, will be keeping it up daily even if I don't do plein freezing or boiling air every day. I hope though that you will be keeping this blog up for a while - at least til after the Art of Moving exhibition in Oct/Nov?

12:41 pm  
Blogger Annie said...

As Penny said, my childhood--and teens, in my case, also -- were full of books about England, so your writing and paintings have been a great way to jump-start my mornings here in the USA. I do hope the blog is left so that we can re-visit it from time to time. Will your new projects be on your JULIE's PICTURES blog?
Annie

1:04 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Brian thanks - and I love your gifts of illustrated business cards.
Hashi, Alison, Ronell and Annie I hope you'll like my next art project. Having got the sketchercise bug, I will post any more landscapes on Julie's Pictures

4:39 pm  
Blogger Heather said...

Dear Julie - you don't know me from a hole in the ground, but I (once upon a time) knew you quite well through stories from Jenny. I have been quite remiss in writing her for, oh, the past year or so because, well, life happened and i miss her dreadfully...but i wanted to tell you that i've read and kept up from the beginning of your lovely project, and i'm so very proud of you. it's been a pleasure peeking into your soul one walk at a time. blessings on you and yours as you enter this next year of adventure! truly, heather (from the US)

8:34 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Heather what a lovely message from you and aren't we both lucky having such a wonderful friend. She'll be so pleased to hear about you visiting.

12:08 am  

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