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Friday, November 30, 2012

//art in the everyday.

What is art? I think sometimes we have these grand ideas of what art is. Most days, I wish I had time to sit at my desk and create lovely scrapbooks, dabble in watercolor painting, and mod podge vintage postcards onto blank canvases. But life gets busy, doesn't it? Things move so fast. Work calls to us, leaving us exhausted at the end of the day and too weary to create. Family life can be demanding, and you mamas out there constantly give and give, finding little time for extra hobbies. You young gals may be swamped with homework this weekend, books stacked up on your desk and a 2-page long list of "to-do's" and deadlines looming before you. Wherever you find yourself, I think most of you can relate with my feelings on this... not enough time, energy, or really - just inspiration - to do special little projects and express ourselves creatively. And while taking "me time" to care for our hearts and souls is important (including time to explore our creativity) I am learning, as I get older, that art is not simply paint and canvas. 

Life is art.
flower created by my sweet friend 

I first shared this idea last spring (view post here) , and the idea has been on my heart again lately. 

Although it's nice, we don't need hours of free time and endless art supplies to explore our creativity and to make things of beauty. Life can be art. Life is a gift, and how beautiful it is. It's all in our perspective... choosing to see life as an opportunity - and choosing to live artfully. This week, I've chosen to see life as art. 

The simple, little things in your every day life add up to make the big things. 

They can be your art. And this everyday art? It can make your days ever so beautiful.

Art is a new, unique manicure... like wearing a love letter on your hands. 
It's the way you display your jewelry and decorate a little shelf.
And the way you pick out your Christmas tree. 
Art can simply be the way you fold your towels.
Or the way you love spending the day with your mama. 
Art is in the way you stand in your closet and choose what to wear on an ordinary day.
And the morning ritual of spooning richly fragrant coffee grounds into a filter. 
It is the way you sit and read, write, think, & sip Holiday Tea at a bookstore on a rainy day.
And art can simply be hanging a string of old fashioned Christmas bulbs along your vanity mirror. It's the perfect lighting for makeup, after all. (Ignore my dirty mirror. I am.) 

The other day, I read these words by the great artist, Van Gogh. 


Embrace your art. Even if it is just simply giving someone you love a hug.
Life is beautiful.
Live your art.

Love you all!!
You are loved and you are special. 
Remember that :)

XO

Erin

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17 comments:

  1. I love this & your sweet blog! I love the way you view even the littlest of things and call them blessings :)

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  2. Really like this post Erin. Everything with love is more beautiful and precious and I can tell by your words your life is a beautiful masterpiece.
    xo

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  3. This is the first time I've every heard of this concept. This is such a wonderful way of living life <3

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  4. This post is awesome! I am always so inspired by what you write on your sweet blog Erin. And I totally stole the Van Gogh quote. It's so sweet!

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  5. what an inspiring post! :)
    art is such a gift that we take for granted so much. thanks for reminder friend :)

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  6. This was a great post! At first I was thinking, Okay, yeah, yeah, life is art, cheesy stuff.

    But then you surprised me as you went on and explored with pictures. lol My bad for being such a judger!

    This post ended up making me feel really good about the art in my home that I have created and continue to create on a daily basis! Thanks for the blessing! :)

    By the way, tell me how that manicure happened! There must be a secret to the writing...

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  7. love this sweet post! hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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  8. What a great post you are such a great writer and I can tell you have a heart of gold<3 xO

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  9. I Love this post! Yes... art is in everything we do and how we live our life! Blessings to you Erin!

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  10. So, I'm a couple days late in reading this, but I love it! <3 Thses same thoughts and feelings have been stirring in my heart over the past few weeks, yet they haven't been quite as clearly defined as what you wrote here. This is so beautiful. It is amazing to me that when I view life more artistically, I find myself praising and worshiping god more frequently and artistically. I used to be "too practical" for art, and think it was mostly just for day dreamers and hippies. Oh I sounds so silly saying that! But though blogging, and reading other blogs, I have gained a whole new perspective on what art is. Art and beauty are important and they are created by god for us to enjoy and to worship Him with and for! Anywho, looong rambling comment. Sorry! =) I really enjoyed this post!
    Alesha <3

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  11. Such an inspirational post and demonstration of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I just adore that manicure!! And the christmas lights on the mirror is a great idea! But, the quote and the heart of this is where it's at girlie!! Love it.

    Falen

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  12. Truth truth truth! PS: Nice Scarf :) !!!

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  13. what a happy post! love the picture with you and your mom!

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  14. This is lovely and so very true, what an inspiring post.

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    ~Maggie
    http://echosoftheheartdobeat.blogspot.com

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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