Walking

Since October I have walking further and looking at new places I haven’t worked from before. It is still the coastal Essex marshes and seawalls, so the same things, but as if seen anew. With the added bonus that the further you walk the fewer people you see. I think I have only met two people since October! 

Now, as I work in the studio, it is about keeping that renewed vision fresh. Freshness of vision is hard won; it is not achieved by constantly changing subject matter. That kind of freshness is only superficial. Rather it is found on the further side of familiarity, even boredom, and is about having seen and observed in depth and THEN seeing it as if for the first time. The way a word said over and over suddenly becomes very strange…