I've been thinking about my individual natural capital - my time on this planet, how I use it and what I do with it. The answer for me is in truly living each moment without fear of the past or present, with my loved ones by my side.
When I came back from Gwaii Haanas National Park in June, my head was filled with so many images, experiences and thoughts that I needed some time to sort through them before picking up a paintbrush. I'm still going through that, with over 5000 photographs, a full sketchbook, sound files and video. One of the things I'm starting to do now is to thumbnail sketch out in "storyboard" form, my trip through the park itself which took 5 days. I'm looking at every photograph, recalling the experience and picking a few moments that interest me. One of the greatest tools any artist can use is the thumbnail to do this, and it's a great tool that I learned way back in my college days as a graphic designer.
I've been dedicating the last week to sketching - pencil and this evening, with oils. It's reminded me that getting back to the basics and practicing those skills is not only relaxing, but necessary.