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Art and Running #3

Random Thoughts


The weather has gotten extremely warm during the day. The luxury of getting up late and going for a run has vanished and evaporated in to the summer heat. I put the alarm at five, dragging myself out of bed, lacing up, pushing myself out the door. I know, and that is the promise to myself against that early morning struggle, that I will love the coolness and quiet of the early morning. The early morning light is soft and caressing. The only sounds are of the birds. The smell is intoxicating; of earth and hay with a dash of jasmine and wild flowers. We are a regular crowd of early-morning-runners and walkers. Waving and wishing good morning as we pass.


From the "Acrogali" series - Digital Interpretation of Watercolor. All rights reserved @Barbara Adler Art 2022


I find it very meditative. Random thoughts flying through my mind.


By the end of those early morning runs, I feel crisp and fresh, full of energy, all set for the day, knowing exactly what needs to be done and what needs to be said. I plan my day and week on those runs, leaving it only to be marked into my calendar. If there is a meeting planned, I know exactly what to say and request. If there is a disturbing matter at hand, I know by the end of the run, how to handle the issue.


So, what goes through my mind when I run?


"Aqua" - Colored Pencils and Ink on Cotton Paper A-4. @Barbara Adler Art 2022


Random thoughts, nothing logical. It’s almost like dreaming. I can think of the smells and sounds surrounding me, then wander to what should be said to so-and-so, to “maybe I will have a fruit-salad for breakfast?”, to “I feel a slight pain in my hip”, to “what are they doing over there?”, to an old childhood memory. One of my favorite thoughts is related to painting. I problem solve matters of color and composition when I run. I come up with new ideas. Just like with my calendar, all that needs to be done at the end of the run is to pick up the colors and draw. I am in my zone. I am full of self-confidence. Imposter-syndrome is gone.

My artwork is a mirror image to my life and my random thoughts.


A collage of memories, senses and “what-me-nots”.


When purchasing my art, one is also purchasing part of my run and random thoughts integral, a reflection of (my) life.

Everybody needs art. There is Art for everyone’s state of mind, desires and tastes. Flatter me! Contact me if you would like to personalize a special occasion. Nothing like a meaningful, personal painting or drawing as a gift.


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