Nearly three years later and I’m still noticing ways the Life and Living project taught me to pay attention. I’m in a different kind of full season now and my life is richer for the pausing and noticing.
During the Life and Living project I would find any moving water, set a timer for 30 minutes and watch. I’d document date, time, location, make a sketch, write down what I was seeing, thinking, feeling. Eventually I’d end up back in the studio, turning the experience into an 8 inch by 8 inch acrylic painting on wood panel. I did this 100 times. I made 100 paintings, one based on each 30 minute observation.
I’m not sure yet how to say how this feels connected to what I now experience in motherhood, and all of my life, really. There’s something about the muscle memory of looking at what’s right in front of me that translated from my art practice to the rest of my life. It’s given me an appreciation for smallness and the way these moments build little by little. I’ll find words to put around these feelings eventually, and for now I’m just very grateful.