I have been all over the place this week: great heights and deep lows. I have been inspired and moved to write some good blogs yet it’s wednesday evening and I can’t bring myself to publish any of those posts.
I got introduced to the artist Piet Mondrian this week. Firstly by a wonderful friend Lana,(http://www.smarttinker.com) whose passion, to develop children as learners so that they can face anything life throws at them, is inspiring. Secondly by my brother in law Andy, who keeps his sanity with grace even though he lives with 4 of my female relatives (his wife and kids, my sister and nieces for those of you had a “say, what?!” moment there).
There is just something about art that lifts us out of the compactness of our lives and into a bigger space. A space where we can just be. We can appreciate or criticise. We can absorb or reflect. Most importantly for me, it takes us out of ourselves.
We often often forget about art, especially when the responsibilities of parenting and care-giving pile up on us, leaving us with little time to stand still. So I want to share some art here that I looked at today and invite you to stand still. No comment from me, just the artist and the pictures. I hope it brings you something. Share your thoughts in the comments. Or not. Take a moment out of yourself, maybe go and look at some more art.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso.
Piet Mondrian: Broadway Boogie Woogie
Piet Mondrian: The Gray Tree
Salvador Dali: Swans reflecting elefants
Fayeq Oweis: No!
Pablo Picasso: Violin and Candlestick
Last thing to say: dear William, I am glad you are home.
February 13, 2014 at 3:17 am
Thank you Amber for this wonderful blog and chance to see beyond my circumstances.
Art and music do that beautifully. We saw Monument Men over the weekend and then spent a lot of time exploring the Art that was thankfully saved.
February 13, 2014 at 9:51 am
So the film was good? There is a reason they made such an effort to save it. What piece touched you the most?
February 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm
You think I’m sane? Why thanks. I suppose rocking quietly in the corner could be mistaken for ‘grace’
February 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm
It is definitely a graceful rocking that’s for sure. And the buddhist like humming lends it a serene quality. Or are you just soothing yourself?