I've been able to get a few mountain bike rides in over the past week or so. I like to ride from my house and avoid the car ride to the trail head. The riding could be better; there are no single track near by. This ride takes about an hour and fifteen minutes and 1/3rd of it is on the paved road. The last 2/3rds is on a rock and dirt road. This pic is from my turn around, facing east. Pine Mountain is at my back and I'm facing Toquerville and Zion is off in the distance.
I wonder if there are studies that exist to prove a link between exercise and creativity because every time I ride, the thoughts and ideas begin to flow, unabated. It's difficult for me to tear away from the studio, all the while knowing that my artistic vision is getting increasingly cloudy as the day progresses and my sculpture is becoming overworked. Once I'm away and pedaling, problems are solved and new ideas emerge.
Today I reworked a sculpture, improved my artist statement, and rewrote my teaching philosophy all during my one-hour bike ride. I'd be a better artist if I would ride my bike more consistently.