How Art And Nature Are Helping Me Through The Pandemic
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
Greetings to you in 2021! In the fall each year, I take time to reflect on the year just past. Overall, Iv’e been very lucky, and despite all the difficulties, I feel very grateful for what 2020 taught me, especially from many great teachers on racial, indigenous, and gender equality. But even being as privileged as I am, as I sat down to reflect, I was just tired. And I’m sure you can identify with that, because 2020 has been a lot.
When I looked back over 2020, and all its difficulties and joys, (there were some of those too!) I asked myself what I most needed to feel nurtured. And the answer came immediately in these words:
Be grounded in nature.
It’s a simple principle, and one I knew would feed both my soul, and my art practice. I share about it with you here in the hopes that it sparks something for you. I think it would be easy in this time to get into a mode of waiting – waiting for the vaccine, waiting for social distancing measures to ease, waiting for greater social equality. But waiting is a painful experience, and one that doesn’t feel proactive. We have a lot of resources, with each other, and right outside our door.
Rather than waiting, I prefer to be creating.
I hope you to take on whatever piece of that speaks to you and lights you up. Perhaps you’ll bundle up and take more walks, take nature photos, write some poems, or draw a curled, dry leaf. A Winter Spells process is meant to be nurturing and totally guided by what feels good to you personally. If you’d like some guidance in YOUR Winter Spells process, check out my self-guided retreat PDF:
This is the cover to my in-process Winter Spells book. Look at that gorgeous birch bark. I remember touching it as a child, wanting to use it as writing paper. This is not far off I guess.
Another way we can use art to cope with the pandemic and isolation through art is by slow drawing together live. Join our weekly Slow Drawing Parties. We gather for an hour with folks from all over the world and draw slowly, joyfully together.
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I’d love to hear how you are using nature and art to make it through this time, drop in the comments to let me know. And if you’d like to share your winter wanderings, both in nature and in the studio, use #winterspellsretreat. Happy winter walking to you.