I have no problem with New Year’s resolutions. Why not better yourself and the New Year seems the logical place to start. In 2009 I decided to change resolutions to mission statements. These “statements” have been nothing but positive for me and my family. The mission statement becomes the theme for all our outdoor adventures in the upcoming year. 2009 was Adventures in BC. 2010 was Spirit of Adventure. 2011 was finding LIFE in ADVENTURE. So…. What will our 2012 mission statement be???
Artistic Adventures. Let your imagination wonder for a moment. Picture a blank canvas then fill it with color and images. Imagine you are sitting beside a lake or perhaps alongside a trail. What would you use to create the color and images? Look around and you will see the natural environment is bursting with color. Color from plants, berries, dirt, grass, sea life and minerals. With a little bit of creativity one could fill the canvas easily using these materials! Art comes in many mediums and so will our adventures. I anticipate building structures or castles with sticks, rocks or sand when packing a canvas can not be done. Mud pottery perhaps?
Then there is looking at nature keeping in mind the Fibonacci numbers. In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence; 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… Have you ever wondered why four-leaf clovers are so rare? It's because four isn't a Fibonacci number. The Fibonacci numbers are Nature's numbering system. They appear everywhere in Nature. The leaf arrangement in plants to the pattern of the florets of a flower. The bracts of a pinecone or the scales of a pineapple. Fibonacci numbers are therefore applicable to the growth of every living thing. Everything including a single cell, a grain of wheat, a hive of bees, and even all of mankind. Our adventure will end with finding the Fibonacci numbers and will leave the real math and science to the experts. Check out this amazing video explaining Fibonacci numbers. Amazing! Video: Fibonacci numbers in Nature
Music is most certainly an art. I expect we will hear sounds in nature once we stop and listen. Water, wind, birds, and bugs are sure to be common but I really look forward to what other sounds we hear. We may also create our own sounds using reeds, tapping logs with holes in them and the squishy sound of mud oozing out from under our boots. My goal is to record one song. Ben and Liv will love writing lyrics for this one.
Art is not my strong suit so this year will be a challenge for me. It seems both my children have some artistic ability within in them so I am hoping this will help foster their skills. Who knows, maybe by the end of our year, we will have created enough art to hold our very own art show.