Nature's Beneficial Distraction

"I am looking out of my window in an anxious and resentful state of mind, oblivious of my surroundings, brooding perhaps on some damage done to my prestige. Then suddenly I observe a hovering kestrel. In a moment everything is altered. The brooding self with its hurt vanity has disappeared. There is nothing now but kestrel. And when I return to thinking of the other matter it seems less important." Iris Murdoch Moral Philosopher and Novelist Well, it's not a kestrel I've painted, but bluebirds can alter my "brooding" in a similar way. There are now plenty of research studies showing the benefits of nature. Take a walk, get into green space, sit with the trees, get out in the sunshine are al


"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost This quote by Robert Frost has been my aspiration throughout my adult life. Although the variation I found I sometimes appreciate even more: "I chose the road less traveled; now where the hell am I?" Although Robert Frost doesn't use the word "chose", but rather "took", the implication is that he made a choice to take the road less traveled. And he states it "made all the difference." In that sentence he doesn't tell us if it was good or bad, but only that it was impactful. As artists, we have choices to make about subjects, color, composition and style. I sometimes

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