Why Walk?

Episode 105 · January 4th, 2020 · 28 mins 48 secs

About this Episode

While this may seem to be an odd topic for the Messy Studio, it is something that is important to Rebecca's creative life and that of many other artists. Walking has numerous and well-known benefits for physical and mental health, but what can it contribute to our lives as artists? In this episode, we explore walking as one of the ways that daily life and art are integrated.

There are many parallels between walking and the creative process. Walking is a slow, potentially meditative activity that helps us to be present and to pay attention to the visual world. And as with the creative process, we feel free to explore, ramble, and focus on the journey itself rather than a particular destination. In addition, we gradually gain stamina and confidence in our ability to keep going. Overcoming resistance to going out for a walk helps strengthen other good hablits, like going to the studio even when you don't feel like it.

it's true that many of us have limitations on walking--physical, seasonal, or geographic. But it is not about how far, fast, or often you go. If walking is a possibility, it is one of the best ways to bring mind, body, and spirit into alignment. For artists and creatives, there is another dimension to walking in its ability to bolster your creativity and skills useful in your art practice.