“An active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal. A walk for walk’s sake.” 

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 Image above, from:  ‘Memory of a walk’ © Fiona Candy, September 2019

 Quotation by Paul Klee, from his Pedagogical Sketchbook, first published in 1925.

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 Examples of pages from Paul Klee’s pedagogical sketchbook, above.

 Recently I’ve been drawing in response to experiences of walking through Preston’s city centre parks. On these walks I made my way intuitively, without any plan and sketched out routes and perceptual aspects as I moved along, using pencil line at first. I added to these very rough drawings later and made others from memory. I then combined elements and developed the drawings digitally.

I developed my own form of walking notation  – (see earlier blog posts for more detail) and use it to trace and transcribe the walking activities.

As well as the work of Paul Klee, music and dance notation have been strong influences.


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Above: small sections of walk ‘notation’ from my sketchbook

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Above; John Cage music score

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Above: a ‘Hornpipe’, an example of Baroque dance notation

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Above: ‘Wednesday walk’ © Fiona Candy, September 2019.

These drawings are not conceived as ‘maps’ or diagrams in a conventional sense: no relationship  to compass points or  the relative scale of pathways or other features encountered in the park were considered. Rather, the drawings are expressions  of spatial, embodied memories, of sensing and moving through ephemeral qualities of landscape.


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Google Earth view of Avenham and Miller Parks

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