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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

the art of life.


Sometimes, I get this insatiable desire to be an accomplished watercolor painter. Like this morning, while I absentmindedly leafed through my new Anthropologie catalog and stumbled upon this -


I sat for a minute, eyeing it - thinking about what it would be like to be a fabulous, talented painter...a mini Monet, if you will. (In my mind's eye, by the way, I was totally sitting at a sidewalk cafe somewhere in Paris wearing one of those French hats.) On these artsy days, I wish I could just whip out my watercolors, line up my paint brushes just so, dip them in pastel pinks, deep reds, and bright yellows and go at it on a blank canvas. Painting to my heart's content, until I complete a beautiful piece of satisfyingly wonderful art - dreamy hues all blended together to create a masterpiece... all thanks to my brush.

In reality, I'm just sitting holding a catalog of overpriced fashion statements, wishing I was Rembrandt. But then, as the Lord would have it, I stumbled upon a quote on Pinterest that got me thinking.... about how life is art. How even if you aren't an "artist" per se, life itself is art. And throughout my day, I saw how very true that is. Our lives, created by the ultimate Creator of all, are beautiful, difficult, and messy most of the time. But in all the messiness, the little and simple things we do all the time without thinking are a form of art. And the big and beautiful milestones of life really are art.


Your everyday routine. The way we write our grocery lists every week. The way we laugh. The way you feel. The pictures you take and post on Instagram. The things we believe. The way we love. 
Art, I tell you - beautiful art.


Art is the way you drink your tea.


it's the way you decorate your home.

the way your voice sounds when you talk.

art is how you put on your makeup every morning, how you curl your hair.


it's my cup of colorful pens, fresh folded vintage fabric. the way you fold together old scraps of ripped material, rolling it into a flower...burning your fingers as you hot glue it to an elastic headband, making something beautiful out of a scrap.

art is a smile.


it's the afternoon sky we don't take time to stop and notice.


it is a new pair of shoes that remind you - spring is coming, winter is not forever.


it's the way you know just how to mix together that row of spices on your counter, creating delicious meals. (and i mean you, mom!)

it's the bedside table where you sit and read, think, and pray every night.


art is our biggest, craziest, most wonderful dreams. 

it is the color of nail polish you choose to wear.


it's the way you dress.


the way you love someone like crazy.

it's in forgiveness.

it is moving forward even when you're scared.

it is the warm morning sunlight streaming in my window.


the sink where you stand every day. that hot, sudsy water. the dishes you wash.


it's a little box of mismatched buttons, sitting on a desk.


the way line-dried sheets smell, freshly made beds. your clean house, before it's all messed up again ever too quickly.


it's the way you sit at your old piano and pluck out a tune.

it's the "wall of inspiration" in my room, where i hang whatever inspires me, just because.


and it's even taking a $2 can of spray paint and an old rusty picture frame, and covering it over, making it look like new....as I did late this afternoon.



and, the finished product....waahlaah!


Life. It's art. And hey, it may not look just like a Van Gogh masterpiece, but I am of the firm belief that with a little imagination, some hope, a positive outlook....and a little white spray paint, we can all be artists in our own rite. (and, I may not be a water color painter yet, but today I realized that I can work a can of spray paint like nobody's biz.)

And that my friend, is beautiful.

It may not be watercolors on canvas. It may not even be all that lovely at first glance. But it is there. And I want you to look for it today.

Life is art.
And it really is beautiful.

Go paint something...even it's just painting your nails red.


blowing kisses!!

XO

Erin


ps -

smile....because, the God who created all things beautiful loves you


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31 comments:

  1. I love this post, and am very jealous of your shoes, heheh. :)

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  2. Beautiful post....great reminder!

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  3. Girl, this post is such an inspiration! And every single picture is great! Finding you on instagram immediately!

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  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you <3 :)

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  5. LOVE YOU!! (:

    the 4th picture's my favorite!!

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  6. beautiful erin, just beautiful. :)

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  7. Erin this post is absolutely beautiful! And so are you!
    Your posts are always some of my favorite to read :)
    I love the wedges you're wearing, by the way!

    I'm going to live out my art! :)
    xo

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  8. Great post Erin! Guess my tweet from Van Gogh the other night was right up your alley :) Often I wish I could paint that way too! You look absolutely gorgeous in your picture, love those tops!

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  9. So inspiring, friend!! Thank you!

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  10. You are so gorgeous!!! And I love your little crafty snippets! I hope you have a wonderful day girly! Xo Lori

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  11. I just love your post. It is beautiful.

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  12. Lovely post you are such a BEAUTY!!! and i love the crafty ideas:)))

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  13. The mind is a beautiful thing to waste. I couldn't imagine not being creative. Super post Erin!

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  14. The mind is a beautiful thing to waste. I couldn't imagine not being creative. Super post Erin!

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  15. Wonderful post!

    You are so beautiful and full of life!

    Allie Ruth Morris

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  16. oh my dear friend and kindred spirit, I love this post! And I LOVE that you have Jane Austen books by on the table (so proud, here) haha! :) I love being able to express prettiness and art and lovely things with the way we decorate, speak, write, craft, and in what we wear and do. :) It leaves one in a continual state of inspiration, or at least in a state of being willing to be inspired! hugs friend!

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  17. Great inspirational post! Loved the pictures too:)

    ~Heather

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  18. wow you have an amazing blog!! :) just came across it!! and you're so pretty!
    definitely following you now & would be more than happy if you took a look at my blog and tell me what you think!
    maybe you can become a follower too!? :)
    it would mean a lot to me!
    xx love

    http://pulcinellata.blogspot.com/

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  19. Beautiful post! Such a great reminder!!

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  20. :: so inspiring! and u look gorg! :: xoxo

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  21. this was GREAT. sometimes we get caught up in the rules of how things should be done. but really.... there aren't any rules, especially when it comes to art.
    the art of being yourself, loving others, living life.... there's no real standard out there. you just gotta do it!

    thanks for sharing :) i was really really blessed and encouraged by this!

    http://www.hannahgram.com

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  22. You are absolutely right! Living an inspiring life is a challenge, but totally worth pursuing! (And I just painted my nails before reading your post ;) )

    x

    Marielle

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  23. Seriously so good Erin! But you know I always love your posts! Your perspective on life is so refreshing. Your comment about winter not lasting forever is amazing and inspired a future post for me :)
    Hope you have an amazing weekend!

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  24. Seriously so good Erin! But you know I always love your posts! Your perspective on life is so refreshing. Your comment about winter not lasting forever is amazing and inspired a future post for me :)
    Hope you have an amazing weekend!

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  25. Beautiful post! =) I am really enjoying you blog. Glad you found me! =)
    Alesha <3

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  26. Beautiful post! =) I am really enjoying you blog. Glad you found me! =)
    Alesha <3

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  27. Beautiful sense of style and lovely posts! Would you like to follow each other?
    xoxo,
    Fashionhypnotised girl

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  28. ADORED this, dear friend! your positive life perspective is just incredible to me. you are such a light & shine so brightly for HIM. you are beautifully rare! never change. <3

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  29. so inspiring! btw are those floral wedges from target? they are super cute!

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xo.

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