Life With Art

Explore the purposes of art, get familiar with the genius artists that shine throughout history and get lost in the beauty of your aesthetic. There is nothing more powerful that art to transmit multiple emotions in a single statement, to catalyze political issues, to bring depth to a day and to illuminate the mystical in tangible terms. Art-obsessed me has learned a tremendous amount about myself and life from art. Sharing my art obsessions, hopefully you will find your artistic expression, a bit of inspiration or the key to unlock the aesthetic potential of your life!

gerry barry artwork

I love a great ring of stones, a field turned into sculpture, even sand carved with shapes.  The thing about land-based, Earth-borne art is that it is just like Nature itself- fleeting, not meant for forever, yet enduring in such a magnificent way long after the stones are washed away, the grass grows and the delicate installation has been churned back into Nature.

Gerry Barry doesn’t just make brilliant land art, he captures it in ways that feel vintage and timeless yet modern and fresh.  This is such raw inspiration and true beauty.  Continue Reading…

shane mcadams nature art

Some art is lit from within.  These landscapes created with ballpoint pen, oil paint and resin by Shane McAdams are an ultimate example of the luminous.  Streaked skies like this make me want to hike a trail this afternoon and watch the sunset.  Continue Reading…

tim rollins and kos

When art becomes much more than just something to hang in a gallery, when it becomes a tool for social change, a piece of history and life-changing in ways you just can’t fathom… this is the stuff I dream about.  And this is what artist Tim Rollins created with K.O.S..   Continue Reading…

michelle kingdom, embroidered art Craft.  If you consider craft to be the black sheep of “real art” think again. Craft is the viceral, the hand-hewn and, as we are about to see… craft can be the most disarming form of expression.

Michelle Kingdom “paints” in thread.  Her embroidery is beyond belief.  The nuances, the movement, the detail, the storytelling…

I happened upon it at on an art blog,  and now I can’t get enough of the myth, legend and personal truth she packs into every small, intricate artwork.  This work is not only a universe onto itself, it can help you re-think your own approach to hobbies… claiming mediums like clay, string, yarn, ribbon, paper and elevating them to new heights!  Continue Reading…

louise zhang

Louise Zhang takes the whispering pastel and uses it as a sword.

You know that old expression, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”?  This is how I feel about her candy-colored work that emotes like a fascinating lab experiment.

You  feel so welcomed into the world of pinks and lilac, powder blue and coral.  Suddenly, you find yourself in the middle of something much deeper, much more profound.  The swirling, melting, sifting and shaking bring far more to light as you calmly contemplate this art.

Today’s art inspiration is all about the power of softness, the disarming ways that light and airy can communicate complexity.  You don’t have to paint walls bright red and wear primary colors to be arrestingly powerful.  This art is so thrilling! Continue Reading…

ben weiner

Ben Weiner zeroes in on his subjects- whether they are pearls or globs of paint- and exposes an entire universe within each well-framed close up.  Gooey texture, hot color, flowing lines and the monumental creative potention of p[alletttes filled with paint make these works so dazzling for the day!  Continue Reading…

margriet smulders

Tempests in flowers. That’s my kind of visual poetry.  Liquid, urgent, multicolored, sizzling and so intricate…

Today’s art’spiration by Margriet Smulders will inspire and thrill you!  Continue Reading…

leo villareal

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Universes, multiverses, infinities, multiplying realities… there are so many ways to imagine our life on this planet that it is head-spinning to contemplate a world without limits.  Where do we start and end?  How do we conceive of this reality?

Today I reach to Leo Villareal and his glittering constellations, geometric layers and shining light to expand on what it is to be sitting in today. If you think today is all that is happening right now, contemplate the vastness of the sky.  How could we possibly be be all there is?!

Amazing art… and I hope you love it as much as I do! Continue Reading…