This is the latest in a series of hand coloured Lithographs.
I’m always fascinated by eyes and their purpose. To see. Yet not just to see.
How often do we really see though? When was the last time you actually looked at the environment you were in and not just to survey the damage at the end of a busy day?
About a year ago I spent the day wandering around the Botanical gardens with family in Melbourne. It could easily have been 20 plus years since my last visit, and I haven’t had a chance to return this year. As we walked I was dragging my feet, partly because it was yet another hill, partly because walking on damp grass is slower, but I still got the hurry up from my mum whose pace is incredible for a then 73 year young gal.
I thought about this later and how I have 2 speeds. Full throttle, or slow and steady. Full throttle usually equates getting from Point A to point B in the quickest amount of time with the least amount of distraction. Whereas slow and steady means that I’m stopping and taking photos of what I’m seeing that’s inspiring me, or I’m taking in the environment that’s around me or watching my feet as I walk because I like to do that while my steps squelch on wet grass sometimes. Actually I just like watching my feet when I walk. And it seems I’m often falling behind.
Watching, looking, seeing, being inspired, seeing beauty in our messed up world or just experiencing “the moment” feeds my hope. Slowing down feeds me. It is something I don’t want to ever lose or take for-granted. We are visually stimulated all day long by so many things that become our focus and we become lost in busyness.
What are you missing that’s right in front of you?