Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CREATE | The Hike Guy

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
― Mary Oliver



Oh, shit ... I'm in trouble.


You see, this quote resonates WAY too hard with me.  The quote!  If the quote hits me that hard, just imagine how I feel about not living up to what the quote says.  Or, rather, actually living up to what this quote is saying.  Being a regretful person.  Am I a regretful person?

I live a life that involves waking up every morning to my husband & my dogs, getting ready for work, coming home at 5pm, & then being able to do whatever I want with my time.  This time could be spent walking, hiking, cooking, drinking, laughing, playing, or creating.

If there are any regrets, I suppose it would be that I don't spend my time wisely.  From approximately 5pm-10pm every weekday, I have to opportunity to create, & to live as fully as I deem appropriate.  On the weekends, I can adventure, wander, explore, & get lost.  But on weeknights, I can learn, grow, make, & fail.  Yes, I can fail.  I can try to make things.  Maybe I can try weaving, or watercolor, or maybe even quilting, or woodworking.  Perhaps I won't be particularly good at any number of these things.  The point is that I try.  The more things I try, & the more I try them, the more fine-tuned my sense of creativity will be.  I'll be able to see what it is, exactly, that I'm good at - what I should create.  Then, the more I create in this medium, the more I'll be able to feel satisfied at my work.  Persistence is everything.

Kolby Kirk's nature journals are some of my favorite medium.  His ability to combine sketches of things he sees, stories of where he's been, descriptions of landscapes, & details of objects is admirable, & turns out to be some of the most interesting art.  In many pages, he uses watercolor pencils to add depth & color to the images he sketches.  He's even made his own palette, carving the pencils open to expose the colors he needs to use.



The combination of inventiveness, exploration, & art that he uses is not only just rad as all get out, but it's also inspiring to the point of admiration.  

More inspiring still, is the fact that he's doing exactly what he wants to be doing.  He's hiking, he's drawing, he's writing, he's learning the names of birds & butterflies, fungus & ferns, trees & mountains & rocks & bugs.  He is learning to take in his environment & interpret it.  & while I haven't read any of his journals - so I'm not sure what sort of prose or poetry he's got in him - he is a sort of John Muir of his time.  & we know that John Muir is a hero of mine.  

The point is that art, in whatever form, is something vital to my survival.  If I am to thrive I must use my time wisely.  A larger chunk than I give credit to should be reserved for art.  This is the only way I can see myself living a life with no regrets.  To explore, & to create.  

P.S.  Click on over to Kolby Kirk's site to check out more of his journals & learn how to make your own watercolor pencil palette.  Also, head to Netflix to watch Mile... Mile & a Half & see some of the title work he did on an awesome film about hiking the John Muir Trail.

Boy, do I have some work to do.  

1 comment:

  1. Mile...Mile & a Half is one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen. It is one of my biggest dreams to hike the JMT. I get choked up just thinking about it.

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