• Rosemary Lawrey

FEETMAPS 5 - Remembered landscapes

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This blog is about experiencing the extraordinary on our doorsteps. Today, I finished a painting I started straight after a walk I did in September from my front door, along the beach, through a patch of woodland, then cutting back home through the cemetery. As I painted I had in mind Joan Mitchell's remembered landscapes. Today's picture is a landscape seen through the lens of time and memory. My feetmap seems to have traced the shape of a fish, or perhaps a spoon. Whatever, that one rather ordinary autumn walk has kept me entertained for three months, sparking many exciting imaginary routes in my head as I painted its memory.

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Sometimes it's an effort to get out the front door.  Without even the excuse of a dog to exercise, my walks are usually completely pointless.  Except that, no matter how short the distance, when you walk with no particular destination,  even familiar streets and places hold an adventure or an unexpected encounter of some kind.  I wanted to record my meanderings, and at the same time share the delights and benefits of walking for its own sake. 

Walking has always been part of the way I do art.  It sparks ideas.  Most of mine, like my walks, are pretty aimless.  But some of them blossom into paintings like the ones on my home page. Who knows where a simple walk round the block might lead you?

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