Solvitur Ambulando. It is solved by walking. – St. Augustine
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.
I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.
Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”
So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.
My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.
Walking is really important to the spirit, I think. To get closer to someone (or to ourselves, or to God) we take a long walk in the country, or a walk along the beach, or walk the labyrinth :)
I think when we set up this country with suburbs that require so much driving, we really messed things up! Walking for our daily needs is great for the body, mind, spirit – engaging all the senses along the way! And we wouldn’t have so many environmental problems either! May pedestrian friendly towns and villages be revived!