It is so good for stress. Both the walk and the girlfriend energy are the best way I know of starting a busy day. I love walking with my friends. We're old ladies, really, but we think of ourselves as "girlfriends." We chatter like we did in fourth grade as we walk.
It was very foggy this morning, which makes it kind of creepy cold, but it is silent and mysterious and beautiful in its own way. Most of our walk is through Greenway Park in Beaverton. It's a nice trail and offers some side trips, some wildlife and we have yet to walk to the end of the trail. I don't know how far it goes.
This morning we happened upon something interesting. Along the side of the trail where there are some thick woods, someone had created a web of blue cording strung between branches of the trees. "Climbing" through the web were two stuffed toy monkeys, posed as if they were playing in the trees. Securely taped to the cording, next to the path was a note, enclosed in clear tape.
Who was this message for? A regular visitor to the park? Children? Estranged friends? A girlfriend/boyfriend, ex-whatever? "I still love you." Hopeful. Mysterious. It makes me want to know the story, but I probably never will.
And another web. Not so myserious, but quite beautiful with its beads of dew.
After the walk I came home and worked all day in the studio. I'm glad so many of you liked my little tutorial. It's a good trick. I am speeding through things and later when I looked at that piece with the viney little plant in the pot I could see my tension in it. Tight, controlled, just really too, too controlled. I tried to loosen up today and I think I succeeded. It is good to have work to do, but not good to be pushing it so hard.
Hey, did you notice the new page links at the top of this page? This is a new Blogger feature and I love it. I have been thinking and thinking about building a web site for my artwork, in addition to this blog, but the thought alone was a little tiring. This just might suffice instead. I have added two new pages. These were done quickly and I plan to put more time and energy into them when other things ease up a bit, but take a look and let me know what you think.
By the way, I just noticed that this is post #888. Inconceivable!