‘The Act of Seeing’
As some of you will know, I went to see the Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy recently and loved it. While I was there, I bought a book ‘A Bigger Message – Conversations with David Hockney’ Martin Gayford. In one of the conversations, Hockney talks about enjoying the act of seeing.
And I’d like to quote some more: I’ve always had intense pleasure from looking. When I was young, as soon as I was old enough to go on buses on my own, I used to go straight upstairs, where it was blue with smoke in those days – I survived – and would go right to the front of the bus so I could see more. In a car, I always want to sit in the front for the same reason, because it is such a pleasure. Early on, I realised that not everybody gets that. Indeed, I’ve come to think that most people just scan the ground in front of them. As long as that’s clear and they can move forward, they don’t bother about anything more. Looking is a very positive act. You have to do it deliberately. Hockney
It’s this act of ‘deliberate looking’ that was the essence of the River of Stones organised by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita at Writing Our Way Home in January. I took part and am grateful to Fiona and Kaspa for the opportunity. I enjoyed the experience so much, although noticing and properly focusing on something each day was more of a challenge than I expected. But it was great fun to add a small stone to the river each day and read other people’s stones. You can read my stones from Januaryat River of Stones – I’m delighted that two of them will appear in a book Fiona and Kaspa are publishing later this year.
I gained so much from the stones experience that I thought it would be nice to share it with some of you. I’m going to call mine String of Pearls and I’d love it if you posted your pearl in the comment box. All you have to do is look and see, notice and focus, write something.
Here’s mine for today: The orange of the blackbird’s beak glints and flashes as he douses himself with water. Frenzied droplets fly and scatter around the bird bath.
Hope some of you will give it a go – I’m looking forward to reading your pearl and threading them onto the necklace .
One other thing – make sure you come back on Tuesday 24th April when I’m taking part in Fiona Robyn’s blogsplash My Beautiful Thing to help celebrate the publication of her novel ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’.
Don’t forget to post your pearl! You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy the ‘act of seeing’.
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