Friday, 19 March 2010

Seeking Inspiration:Everything is Art

Dearest Devotees,

Is everything art? Does everything have artistic/inspirational potential? These are questions I've been thinking a lot about lately, especially in the past week. So far every answer I've come up with has just led me to more questions. Right now, I'm reading a career book that claims that a lot of not obviously artistic careers like psychology, biology and economics (My major and I never knew!) do have artistic components. If this is true, the next most logical question I could think of was what is art? I think of it as ways in which you express your emotions, feelings and self, but apparently this definition can run you into several problems. For example you express yourself through body language, therefore is body language an art? Also if you are a particularly artistic individual who tends to express your stronger emotions in your favorite art form (dance, music, poetry, etc) and you encounter a situation, such as a relationship that does not move you to art does that mean you are not invested enough in or moved enough by the situation? Hmmm....

Anyway, here is a potluck of all my favourite sources of inspiration in the past week:


Monday Morning- Melanie Fiona

Dear Maria Count me in- All Time Low (I am a total sucker for the pin up look in the video. Also the song really makes me think of a 50s style pancake house for whatever reason...)

Naive- The Kooks

Wavin' Flag- Young Artists For Haiti- Such a great song!

Photographic Inspiration

Seeking inspiration assignment: Choose any of the pictures in this section to inspire your next piece of art.

My translation;

You may think I'm crazy.

Many people do, but answer me this. Is it crazy to give up everything you've got, risk everything you have to get something you desire with your all? Maybe it is. Maybe it would be better for me to ''play it safe'', to go to college, get a degree in a secure field I lack passion for, maybe accounting, and spend the rest of my life seeking happiness and a sense of fulfillment from things I know will not fulfill me. Then maybe, just maybe when they lay me off during the next recession, as I am 3 years away from retirement, and no longer have any expectations to live up to, I will be finally able to do what I want. Live the way I have always desired to live and be the person I have forever longed to be.

I could wait for that day.

Or I could skip all the years of torment and torture, save myself from all that regret and take that chance today.

I may fall on face.

I may not succeed.

I may have to sleep in fields under makeshift tents for a while.

But don't judge me or pity me, because I will be happy.

Doing what I love or at least trying to get there.

And that's all that matters.

Links I loved

Fashion inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland by College Fashion (couldn’t resist)

I love's latest advert. Can you say uber indie cute?!

Chicken soup for the dorky soul has some great ideas on how to stay in touch with your far away friends.

Zen Habits has some amazing tips on how to reclaim your attention. They really make you think.

I love this post on rocking heels by Golden Means.

Looking for something new to do with your girlfriends? Check out this post by Ashe Mischief.

I heart this girl's blog! It is so cute and happy and all of the fabulous and fun things in life.

All images from we heart it

Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. What inspired you this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.


Audrey Allure said...

Brilliant photos, definitely inspiring!

Erin W. said...

I love the "love" with arrows pic, and the wooden birdcages....I'm finishing an inspiration "collage" piece for the "I Heart" project from the Drifter and the Gypsy blog....I think I might have to incorporate these!!! Thanks :)

meg said...

Definitely some thoughts to make you think about relationships and stuff. I was remembering I used to go out with a guy who loved to dance. That was all we did. Then I met a guy who you would not want to dance with. But he loved to write. Its such a fine balance to fit when in a relationship. A lot like finding your passion. You know, you just don't want to drop off into the deep end because you love it..yet you have learn the craft. Like you might not be the best when you first get into it. And you have to take the criticism to help you. But like you said, don't give up. .. and I guess it all helps to mature in the long run.

ellie said...

definitely, the best way to learn is through art. I used to help with a little boy who some thought would never learn, anything. But he knew so much about Math. It was just hard for him to write, but if he knew he could listen to some of his favorite tunes after writing five rhyming words, he would do it...and soon enough, he was reading words, too.

PinkBow said...

i'm forever inspired by photography. some great images you chose.

Molly said...

Firstly, I beleive that anything can be art.

Secondly, I'm a writer. I've never been paid for my writing (well I've gotten some free books and dvds out of it) BUT, I would rather live my life from pay-cheque to pay-cheque than be unhappy. I would rather fail, than never try to achieve my dreams.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Dear Maria and Naive are on constant rotation on my iPod - love those songs. The Kooks are just amazing - have you listened to "Seaside"? Fab-u-lous!!

I think that it is everyone's individual responsibility to find art in each and every thing they experience. It's there; you just have to find it!

Bohemian everything is inspiring me this week - loving these pictures, doll! :)

Heath and Nick said...

Just keep doing what you love and be kind to others..

lauren said...

Thanks so much love!! I have been looking for a grad school essay opener and your post is exactly what I have been searching for. It's an incredible quote that evokes deep thought! Thanks again! Keep those posts on coming!!
Lots of love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am Khatu said...

Anything can be art, depends on how one looks at it.

Zmaga said...

Music inspiration - you saw my playlist, didn't you ;)

Aury said...

Thank you all for the comments, I really feel like I'm learning more about you all every day :)



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