Art Everywhere

August 2nd, 2009

I took this photo with my iPhone camera from our third-floor office overlooking rooftops in downtown Charleston, SC. The planes of the buildings are so strong and painterly that they remind me of an Edward Hopper piece. The high clouds in an empty sky add that touch of sadness that draws me to his work so strongly. My photo is just an casual snap — nothing artistic or accomplished about it — but it reminded me that art is quietly taking place all around me, not just in spectacular sunsets or dramatic landscapes. It’s in the pile of empty terracotta pots in my driveway, the shiny red birdfeeder in the rain, a scrap of cloud reflected in a puddle of rain water. Find some art in your life today that you never noticed before, frame it with your eyes and take a mental snap. An article in the NY Times today lamented the loss of serendipity that’s a result of having Google instead of card catalogs, finding music you never heard of by looking through someone’s cd collection, renting from Netflix instead of cruising all the aisles in the video store and finding a random movie you never knew existed. The author feels those kind of accidental discoveries are harder to make in a digital age. I don’t know if I completely agree, but it made me think about how the computer dulls my visionary capacities by focusing my senses on the world of this screen for so much of much of my working/playing life. So I pledge to look at the world outside more, touch more, wander more, browse more, window shop more, squint into the distance more, pick up more real tangible objects with my hands instead of moving the cursor and mouse around, listen more closely, take more pictures, find more art everywhere.

6 Responses to “Art Everywhere”

  1. Allegra Smith says:

    I take that pledge with you. We have not watched tv for over 20 years. Now I plan to put myself on a computer diet. I spend much too much time answering mail, keeping up with this and that when in fact I know the inner me wants to go out to play outside. At nearly 64 I know enough about life to get me in trouble and a wish not fulfilled is a wish denied. Life is still filled with wonders that cannot be truly experienced through a little glass window…

  2. Paula says:

    I noticed you have "A Soft Place To Fall" by Allison Moorer on your playlist. Great song. I've always loved it and have never found anyone else familiar with it.

    Not big on tv either. Too much fun stuff to do instead.

  3. Paula says:

    I noticed you have "A Soft Place To Fall" by Allison Moorer on your playlist. Great song. I've always loved it and have never found anyone else familiar with it.

    Not big on tv either. Too much fun stuff to do instead.

  4. susan says:

    May I have permission to "paint" your Edward Hopper like view of your rooftop? It spoke to me!

    Susan

  5. Nikki Hardin says:

    Of course…I would love to see the painting when you're done!

  6. seastararts says:

    I miss record stores… when you could smell the vinyl and they would take one out for you to listen to in case you wanted to take it home and cherish it. I still have all the albums (thanks to my musician father) at home. My first ever Ricky Lee Jones still in her dust jacket. What can I say? I'm a 70's girl… who is currently listening to iTunes.