I was laying in the hammock and looking at the blue sky above me. A few white clouds slowly passed over head. Bees and butterflies were flittering around the yard. Birds were in a tree nearby and signing a beautiful song. The warmth of the sun radiated against my skin.
Everything seemed so peaceful and it bore down to my soul. I felt tranquility flowing throughout my entire body. I wondered to myself, why I rarely spend time in the hammock.
This is something I can and should enjoy more often in my life. In fact, I think we all could benefit from having such a place in our lives.
Beauty surrounds us everyday, but we are often to busy to notice it.
Take time to look around you. Take time to look at the mundane things from a different angle. Take time to pay attention to your surroundings.
You may be surprised by what you find.
Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by their art. (Eli Broad)
The arts and humanities are vastly more important in troubled times. (Jim Leach)
There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence. (Julie Taymor)
I just finished the art history class at Kahn Academy. During the first lesson, the instructor defined an artist as, “someone who is particularly insightful about their own cultural moment.”
I find that definition to be a bit restrictive. I think an artist is someone who expresses themselves in a creative way or someone who has a unique perspective on the world around them and shares that perspective with other people.
I have a tendency to find beauty in the mundane and my favorite form of expression is photography. As you can see, I will take photos of random flowers, animals, and even bugs.
I don’t think my photography says anything about my “cultural moment.” I think it just reflects on how much beauty is in the world and my attempt to share that beauty with others.