When was the last time you took a walk outside? Not the rush from A to B, not the lunchtime dash to the shops but a leisurely stroll with time to stop and quite literally smell the roses and look up at the trees.
As we make ourselves constantly 'busy' with everyday rituals and routines and lock ourselves inside our homes and work spaces, I think some of us forget to spend time outside admiring the beauty of nature.
I often draw inspiration from nature for the shapes that appear in my art work but I confess, many of these come from memory or imagination or late night internet searches for plants and flowers. And so, this year, I am making attempts to take those steps outside and look up at the trees and appreciate their forms and shapes and colours for real. It feels good for the soul and has been good for inspiration. In fact a whole new exhibition of works is slowly forming. Time to bring some nature indoors to the walls to keep us connected to the natural world and remind us to spend some time outside amongst it.