Today whilst I walked my Jack Russell Tilly up the local recreation fields I had a bit of folded paper and pencil to hand.
This is due to the fact that I always think of something good (or at least I hope it will be) to do with art, teaching or writing whilst doing the daily rounds of the grassy playing fields. The fields are hedged by trees and bird-filled bushes and lend a lovely backdrop to my morning musings. I never go up there in the evening though as it feels a bit eerie plus it is very dark.
Over the Christmas and New Year period my ideas and hunches have been coming thick and fast. I have found myself desperately repeating them over and over as I hurry home at walk’s end in order to jot them down somewhere.
So no more of that. Just a simple pencil and paper in my zippered pocket today gave me the safety net I needed to trap those potent thoughts. I may even move up to using a small notepad which would be firmer to write on. I just want something small – like those flip-shut black police pads of old.
I may just use a tiny but tight bulldog clip and bunch a small stash of my recycled paper off-cuts together into a make-shift pad. I love the idea of not wasting a scrap of paper.
Here are a few jottings from today’s jaunt. If you struggle to read my scrawl the I have listed my notes below in typed form…
Blackbirds – beak-handling leafs (leaves) – tossing and twisting off ground
Survey/study and simplify
Shade + suggest
Holly tree heavy with curving candelabra berries
pine branches – drape ad punctuated
protruberence and interjection – hooks – interlocking
comical cantering of the corvids
cranking out cackling call
beech trees twig traceries
scented sprig of spruce spine splintered leaves sharp
I feel the value for me of writing down mythoughts is a real help in being able to remember and retrieve a suitable word – to give an appropriate attribution to something when usually words may fail me. So it’s a linguistic exercise as well as a cognitive one. Plus it is a pleasing memory of a walk and one on which I may call to draw inspiration for a drawing, a painting or as a basis for a teaching point. It is all grist to the creative mill.