Have you ever just stared at a painting, photograph, or a scene in nature and it speaks to you in a million different ways? Or just to be in awe of its beauty and be at a loss for words? I felt like this when I saw my first Salvador Dali painting and standing on top of the Haleakala volcano in Maui. I am inspired by the many who are gifted artists and the art nature creates.
Art is all around us. We often pass it by without enjoying the beauty of it. It could be a sculpture on an intersection corner, a motivational poster in a corporate office, or even the architecture of a building. It could be something as trivial as a dandelion growing between cracks in the pavement or an unusual chandelier hanging above. Many of us just don’t take the extra time to notice them.
During the course of the day, take a break and notice the art surrounding you. Look out your office window and observe things you never have before – perhaps another building, a decorative window, or a tree providing shade for someone. During your break or lunch hour, take a few notes about your observations and save it for later to write about.
As you drive, notice the shades of color in the sky from a sunrise or sunset. What landmarks do you pass by that you never noticed before? Is there graffiti on a building or highway? Some of them can be considered art. When you get home, reflect on the many things you saw.
Waiting at an appointment can be a bore. Be one of the few to put the phone away and look at the art used to decorate the waiting room or lobby? Are there unusual chairs or lighting fixtures? Does the landscape inside and out create the proper mood for patients and customers? Take a few pictures if you must, and look at it again when you are ready to write about it.
Take a look inside your own home. What story does an old photograph tell? What made you buy certain trinkets and collectibles for display in your home? Why did you choose certain colors and particular styles of furniture for the rooms you spend time in often? Take a break from your everyday chores and get inspired by the art you provided to make your home beautiful.
Don’t let the everyday hustle of life stop you from taking a moment to enjoy the art that surrounds you. Take a breather once in a while to notice the small things. Let them inspire you to write and maybe your words will inspire others to do the same.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia – a poetry collection about the struggles we face, the state of the world and how to see beauty in the simplest things, and Cardboard Signs – poems to bring awareness about homelessness, mental illness, self-esteem and the injustices many face.
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