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!

michelle blade

Art that lifts life to a different plane… that is noteworthy, valuable, promising and riveting.  That is the stuff I want to share with you endlessly, and today’s art ‘spiration is rainbow washes of balance, hope, humor and a need to transcend.  I love Michelle Blade’s art, and I hope you love it, too.

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oil paintings at home

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Gorgeous oils… monumental landscapes, impressive portraits, tablescapes, florals… I am always a fan of incredible art, but these particularly vintage paintings really strike a chord of “home” with me.  My Nana’s house was full of somewhat creepy, giant oil paintings that left an impression on me, along with her dusty violet  bunches of acrylic grapes and way too many metal-laced glass candy bowls (is that possible, too much candy?) that strangely feel like home to me, still, to this day.

Big oils bring an enduring history to spaces, creating a past/present juxtaposition that is totally exciting and stylishly memorable.   This is inspiration that will have you shopping the local flea markets this week for your own walls!   Continue Reading…

art on walls

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The clever and the textured, the lovely and sculptural, the fresh and the surprising… your walls are a blank canvas for creation!  Forget what you thought you “had to do” with art and find your new way. You don’t need to only hang art at eye level.  Sculpture can fit on your walls.  You can mix in plants and defy the boundaries of your space to create an art experience that is wholly personal and stunning! Continue Reading…

sandrine merrien

Fields of color and threads of ideas all in volume and blush and sunshine and clouds… the stuff that makes Sandrine Merrien’s painting the art ‘spiration of the day!

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matisse

Today, self-renewal as an art form is on my mind. We do enough of obligation, and quite enough of what we think we “should” do.  Doing lots of what you want to do in the space between what has to be done is the way to create incredible momentum, confidence and a creative  joy that feels unbreakable.

I’d like to welcome you to my new favorite Matisse, second only to the Cezanne still life of impossibly balanced peaches that took my breath away at LACMA.  Literally, I gasped for ait looking at the peaches.  As I strolled through the gallery space, I got taller. A smile washed over me that wouldn’t fade.

If you are in Los Angeles, I highly recommend taking a stroll through the museum and seeing a few of the gems hanging in the Resnick Pavillion.  What is most notable about the exhibit- besides the Matisse and the Cezanne and a few other Fauvist bright wonders in big gold frames- is the wall color of the entire exhibit.

Dark, deep navy walls are absolutely surreal.  Its like swimming, diving, feeling deeply connected to your cellular power.  Navy walls are so emotionally powerful that they are challenging to live with at home for many… but they are radically enriching for a day to experience.

Yes, I am recommending you go to LACMA to see the wall color.  At one point when I was 16 I was committed to being the person who selects wall colors for exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art (*was this a psychic future flash?!) because they had such an effect upon my experience of art and my mood.

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albert oehlen

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When I need to stretch myself, I need art. I can’t write well without some sort of sensory prompting.  Typically, the dreamier and less challenging art fills my afternoons when my mind is soft and my need is great for aesthetic food!  Albert Oehlen- one of my most favorite artists- fills this afternoon with washes of color, collages of grace and perhaps a snapshot of the inside of my fuchsia-lined mind!  Continue Reading…

big art on walls

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A room that is focused on powerful art is filled with powerful energy.   If you deprive your walls of life, you miss out on one of the greatest opportunities to light up different areas of the feng shui bagua (more on this here) that correspond to different areas of your life.

Add big art= add mighty wow-factor.

That wow-factor will fill your life with incredible energy.

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david mramor, contemporary art

David Mramor paints and layers what I consider to be a worldview, an idea of how we see the world in gauzy film and bolting kicks of color.  There is a sense that this world we view is always one step ahead of us, leading us with its mystery.  This is the kind of art to get lost in, wandering though the haze, finding bliss in expanses of sunshine and intensity and rest in the dreamy fuzz between those moments. Absolutely gorgeous.  Continue Reading…