There's nothing quite like a nature walk for soothing the mind and clearing the way for new ideas. Julia Cameron suggests walking for creative renewal. "We speak of 'food for thought' but seldom realize that as artists we need thought for food. Walking, with it's constant inflow of new images, gives us new thoughts that nourish us. It replenishes our overtapped creative wells and gives us a sense of ... well, wellness."
Small Collector Box by Gaby Bieberle
I have found beautiful images which take me back to my childhood on the farm where I spent blissful days wandering through veld and forest, gathering treasures. I remember idyllic beach holidays pottering in rock pools, filling pockets with cowries and pebbles. My mind bubbled with ideas. I couldn't wait to get back to my notebooks and write them all down. Nowdays I keep a tiny notebook and pencil stub in my pocket when I go walking ..... and a folded packet for gatherings.
Maine Collective by Lisa. Mixed media collage/assemblage. Visit Lisa's blog here to enlarge the photo.
"Every year, as a family we spend a week in Maine on the cusp of summer ..... before the crowds arrive. It's a wonderful, peaceful opportunity to search for natural treasures hiding in the marshes, beaches and woods." - Lisa
Stones decorated with symbols 1 by Jos van Wunnik. See more of his intriguing work on Flickr, here.
Stone and Wood with Hole by Jos van Wunnik
Virgin Stone by Jos van Wunnik
Super Spore by Richard Shilling. See more of Richard's land art here on Flickr.
Colour Leaf Sun Star by Richard Shilling
And now for pure enchantment .....
Photograph by Jeff Owen Photos. Sculpture by Bruno Torf. Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, Marysville, Australia.
There are (or were) hundreds of the most stunning sculptures in Bruno's Art and Sculpture Garden, Maryville, Australia. Earlier in the year bushfires swept through the garden and destroyed many of them. Go here to see more..... I insist :-)