The World is a Gallery

December 5th, 2012

I’m excited to be seeing the Matisse exhibit at the Met and visiting the Neue Galerie for the first time, but I have to remind myself over and over again that art is all around me, not cloistered in a sacred space separate from my real life. I just don’t open the lens of my eye often enough to capture it. I happened to step outside my office yesterday and noticed the afternoon sun presenting a shadow show on the house fronts in our neighborhood. Palmetto trees are all over the Charleston area, and I have mostly stopped seeing them, but this shadow was like the Platonic essence of the tree. More tree than the tree itself, if that makes sense. It loomed over the house and turned the front of the building into a canvas. Just think what it would be like to be inside that house while the show was taking place outside. The best part for me is that it was fleeting, never to be seen again in that exact same way. I hesitate to make resolutions because who knows what mysterious paths I might walk in the coming year, containing possibilities that have never entered my mind. Resolutions might blind me to the unpredictable. But no matter where life takes me, I hope I’ll be inspired to start making art again, to capture it with my camera or write a poem just for me–an audience of one. I have a thick white Smart Deck project pad from Russell + Hazel waiting to have the shrink wrap peeled away on January 1. I think of it as a pristine white room waiting to be invaded by purple pens, black Sharpies, stickers and arrows and doodles and lists. I steal glances at it now and then and almost shiver with anticipation of ┬ásomething new. I can’t wait.

3 Responses to “The World is a Gallery”

  1. The alignment of that shadow is amazing. I was in A.C. Moore on Friday and they had Strathmore Watercolor paper pads and Canson Mixed Media pads for less than $4 each–a manager’s special. Less than half price. I might have gotten a little carried away, but yes, I hope it inspires me to Make More Art.

  2. nikki says:

    Art supplies are always inspiring — and now you’ve made me want to go out and get some new ones.

  3. This past week I made some art journal pieces and a ton of cards. Felt good!

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