A NOT-SO-ORDINARY ORDINARY WALK….abstract marvels!
(Looking seeing thinking and a few ah-has)
I’m a walker. I try to walk every day…but I’m not always successful. Sometimes I’m guilty of procrastinating. I’m more dependable, however, if I have a walking partner. If my partner is expecting me, I’d better show up! The other day I was ready to take a walk and I had no walking partner. Off I went, anyway, on my ordinary route through an ordinary suburban neighborhood. Houses…brick, stone, and wooden siding. Lawns…cut and not so cut, green and not so green. Flowers…here and there, depending on interest and where-with-all. Sidewalks…cracks, humps and nasty missing chunks. Asphalt with splats and stains, and curbs irregular. Hondas, Chevys, Toyotas, and Fords. Minivans, station wagons, sedans, and work trucks. Baby strollers, tree swings, gliders, mismatched lawn chairs, and abandoned toys. Balls, pennies, and run over ballpoint pens and candy boxes in the street. I once found a dollar! I forgot my earphones. No friend and no music. Just ME…walking, looking, seeing and thinking …and my iPhone. In a short time I was onto my ah-has…shooting away with my camera.
By the way…this isn’t a new habit of mine. Through the years, I’ve always enjoyed my walks and finding wonder in my “walk-junk.” I’ve always envied the workmen…the street workers. …their freedom of spraying fluorescence paint all over the street….making the great outdoors their canvas.
And so, some years ago, I bought 6 cans of Rustoleum fluorescents and created a new body of work on unstretched canvas which I called “spreadsheets.” I borrowed my markings from the Utility Men.
I LOVE these!!!! Each one is so surprising in this sequence…. Especially the garbage bags! Maybe you should walk alone more often!
Love how you show the rest of us what inspires you. Also love that you never waste a second – your eyes are wide open and searching ALL the time. No wonder you have so many genres of art. Thanks for sharing how this all happens.
I was so delighted to see your “not so ordinary walk” blog entry. I apparently missed it in all my travels and just sat down to search you out. You are an important staple now that I relish and depend on, please keep up the good work. Hugs and kisses, Sylvie