Happy Saturday, Daisies, and welcome to the weekend! Tomorrow is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. It is a day to explore and honor what, how, and why art inspires us. Today, I am sharing ways to celebrate the day and what art inspires my heart.
But first, what art moves you and why? Is it Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring? Maybe it’s seeing Misty Copeland dance in Swan Lake, hearing Old Blue Eyes sing It Was a Very Good Year, or reading the words from Hughes’ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It might even be a pair of Jimmy Choo sandals. Yes, shoes can be art. Anything that one values for an aesthetic purpose is art. So, whatever art it is that moves you, relish in it and celebrate it. Allow yourself to be dazzled, saddened, conflicted, angered, elevated, overjoyed…allow yourself to be inspired by art.
How to Celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
- Spend the day at the library or record store listening to albums in your favorite genre or by your favorite artists. (Vinyl. Must. Be. Vinyl.)
- Take a dance class, or go dancing. (This right here does not qualify.)
- Watch Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh in Lust for Life or Scarlett Johansson as Vermeer’s muse in Girl with a Pearl Earring.
- Visit an exhibit or museum. You don’t have to be limited to paintings and sculptures either. Think: textiles, beads and glass blowing, music, fashion, transportation…what qualifies as art is only as limited as your appreciation for it (except for the second bullet point above…that’s still not art).
- Create your own art. If you don’t think that you are artistically inclined, think again. Pinterest is bursting with ideas for you to get in touch with your inner artist. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is one of my favorite art projects from Jessica of Domestic Bliss Squared: the Gold Framed Kiss.
- Decide to learn to play an instrument…and go buy/rent the instrument, or sign up for the class, or download the Youtube tutorial.
- Sign up for a class in woodworking, fashion design, quilting, scrap booking, flower arranging, painting, singing, acting, stamping, pastry making, or anything else that inspires you and that you want to learn. No one says you have to be proficient tomorrow…just give yourself the opportunity to experience creating for yourself what moves you.
- Stop and listen to a street performer. (Throwing a little money in the hat/musical instrument case/jar wouldn’t be a bad idea either.)
- Take photographs of what you find beautiful in your world.
- Support a struggling artist by purchasing a work or craft.
- Read or write a poem…or begin that novel. (Ever read Song of Songs all the way through? Some of the most beautiful love poetry you’ll ever lay your eyes and heart on no matter who you believe wrote or inspired it.)
- Try an adult coloring book.
- Share your art with someone, or the art that inspires your heart.
- Use #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay in your social media posts.
Art That Inspires My Heart
I’m currently working on my office makeover and decided early that I wanted to include original artwork. I certainly have not had a shortage of options. There are so many fabulous artists of every kind out there. I focused on graphic art prints and watercolors for my office and discovered some beautiful works and artists.
I will do an office makeover reveal on the blog, but wanted to share Elise Engh with you now because her work inspires my heart. Elise is the creative mind and hand behind the Grow Creative blog and Grow Creative Shop. I was searching for a feminine, but not girly, original watercolor that incorporated turquoise (in honor of You Are a Daisy’s primary color) and gold (one of my office’s new primary colors). I discovered this beauty–Blue and Gold Watercolor Wildflowers by Elise:
I am no artist and, most certainly, no art critic–but I know what I like and what I don’t like (even when I can’t tell you why). I had searched for hours when I found Elise and seen quite a number of watercolors that incorporated turquoise, were feminine, weren’t too girly, and were perfectly fine in every way. They just didn’t do it for me, but when I happened upon Blue and Gold Watercolor Wildflowers, it made me stop in my rollerball tracks (I was at the high speed scroll stage at this point).
It may be the perfect gold and turquoise for my office with just the right amount of white space and height. It may be that the shades of blue are among my favorite shades of my favorite color and that they are cool and inviting and clean. It may be the birds and bird feathers that I’m certain I see in certain leaves and flowers. It may be the brushstrokes that instantly transport a 4-year-old me with my Crayola watercolor set and brushes back to my Mama’s dining room table as she cooked dinner in the next room.
Whatever it is that called to me, that inspired me…I snatched this right up, and it is on its way to its new home with its new admirer. (You’ll get to see it in the office makeover reveal in a couple of weeks.) If you would like to see more of Elise’s works, be sure to visit her Etsy shop, Grow Creative Shop. Oh, and this isn’t a sponsored post, and I did not receive anything from Elise or Grow Creative for mentioning them in this post. I paid for Blue and Gold Watercolor Wildflowers myself. I am just in love with Elise’s work because she’s a Daisy.
Happy Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!
What is your favorite art form? I would love to hear from you in the comments.
As part of my celebration of Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, I attended the Haute Hip Hop exhibit last night at projects+gallery. I’ll be sharing more on the blog–including what I wore–on Tuesday. Be sure to come back and visit.
Talk to you later, Daisies!
I am linking up with some wonderful bloggers in every area of life–fashion, health, family, DIY, beauty, fitness and more. For inspiration and information, check them out at the link parties below:
Share the Joy / The Joy Chaser
Mingle Monday / Life of Meg
#WAYWOW / View From in Here
Your Whims Wednesday / My Girlish Whims
Brilliant Blog Posts / Honest Mum
Fab Favorites / Style Elixir
SITS Sharefest / The SITS Girls
Link Love / Running with Spoons