Charleston is a walking city. As an artist, one of the first tasks we learn is to see, to really pay attention. I truly believe that any one can learn to draw. It only requires careful looking. Daniel Pink in his new book, A Whole New Mind,
talks about taking a drawing class so he could learn just that, a skill he estimates is critical for we Americans now. How much do we miss in our lives by not noticing? There is so much beauty to see, so many stories to hear, particularly in this city, about those who have walked before us in this place. In my own painting life, sometimes I will be working on a painting and I just need a break from it. So I take a walk. Often it is the walk that solves or resolves the next place for me to go in the work, or, as St. Augustine implies, in most anything. Things are solved by walking. Henry David Thoreau said a thing or two as I recall about ‘Walking’ in what is said to be a lyrical, meandering essay on the value of sauntering and on the preservation of what is wild in the world. That’ll work.