I've been resting and doing some slow walking while recovering from this bout of CoVid. Slowing down certainly has it's benefits, even when we aren't particularly happy about it. I was remembering an old song by Simon and Garfunkel, "Slow down you move too fast, got to make the morning last . . .look at the fun in feeling groovy." Hard to feel groovy when you're sick, but singing the song did put a smile on my face and reduce my frustration. Art has the potential to do that for us, no matter what kind it is. When we slow down to observe things around us, using our senses, our eyes, ears, hands, smell, taste, it makes us feel more alive and connected to the world around us.
Yesterday, on my slow walk, I shut off Pandora and listened to the breeze and heart a bee, I followed the sound and was fortunate to get a glimpse of a busy bee drawing nectar from a sunflower. Now, there are plenty of people who dislike bees and think they are just pesty insects that sting people. But these little pests sweeten our lives by their work of harvesting. I also noticed milkweeds, not the most beautiful plant, but they attract the beautiful monarch butterfly, which I heard is now on the endangered list.
Yesterday, I noticed again, blades of grass, the textures of flower petals and leaves, and whirligigs floating from the trees, I sat on the porch and listened to a sun shower and the birds singing gleefully, I was reminded of when I got my first pair of glasses and could see things clearly for the first time. I was so excited because a whole new world had opened up for me.
Art does that for us in strange and mysterious ways. Where does a thought come from? Whether moved to write a song, paint, sew, draw, cook or build something new, it all begins in the heart, mind and soul of the artist.
So slow down when you look at artist websites, whether mine or others, look carefully, closely, try to imagine what they saw, heard, thought, felt that caused them to create that piece for themselves and others. Slow down and pay attention to what the piece evokes in you, what is it saying to you, what can you learn about yourself through the creative work you see before you.
Slow down and make the moment last . . .