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If you’ve ever felt the creative pull of nature as you move through it, then you’ll love today’s dose of awesome from iRunFar columnist, artist, and multi-sport athlete Hannah Green. One of Green’s Instagram posts shows a focal point of her recent art, mixing media. In this post, Green overlays original photographs and line drawings of landscapes she’s explored on foot:
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Green’s essay “Tracing Lines” on iRunFar explains the creative impetus here, “I’ve been working on some new art lately: tracing the mountain ranges I’ve wandered with a pen. As I make a line down a gully or cross-hatch the shadowy side of a ridge, I realize my hand is doing what my feet do, just on a micro-scale. The French artist Paul Cézanne is said to have painted Mont Sainte-Victoire, a peak in southern France, upward of 60 times over the course of his lifetime. Likewise, I’m guessing we all have our favorite mountains or trails upon which we’ve run countless laps. Through a similar pattern of repetition and observation, we develop an intimacy with the landscape. I thought of this recently as I skied for the first time a loop I run nearly every week in the summer. I knew the ridge well and the skis were just a different tool to draw my line.”
In her work, Green shows the fluidity of running, the arts, and nature. She also reminds us that we are all artists as we travel on foot through our beloved wild places.
Visit Green’s website to learn more about her, follow her adventures and art on Instagram, and peruse her iRunFar column’s archives. Hannah Green, thank you for the awesome way you open our eyes to the arts!