I have been trying for a while to think about the angle of my blog. What do I want to write about? What are my strengths, passions, gifts? It would be easy to focus on the subjects of art, being a Mum or family life but I really wanted to zone in on something that combines everything. In chatting with Michael (my hubby) he pointed out that one of the things I do, as an artist is see things differently.
Every day I see beauty in things that those around me miss. This is not because I’m amazing or special but because my eye is tuned in, as a creative to observe. These quotes say it best:
‘I walk in the garden, I look at the flowers and shrubs and trees and discover in them an exquisiteness of contour, a vitality of edge, or a vigour of spring, as well as an infinite variety of colour that no artefact I have seen in the last sixty years can rival…each day, as I look, I wonder where my eyes were yesterday.’
— Bernhard Berenson
‘When you look at a wall spotted with stains…you may discover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautiful with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees. Or again, you may see battles and figures in action, or strange faces and costumes, and an endless variety of objects which you could reduce to complete and well-drawn figures.’
— Leonardo Da Vinci
‘There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on how one looks at it.’
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is so much truth in these statements. Every day I see the smallest patch of colour, shade of light, shadow, form, texture, shape or object that resembles something interesting. I am hoping to bring this aspect into my blog as I freshen it up with a new perspective.
You may have noticed the blog name change. For many years, maybe ten or twelve my blog has been ‘Amanda’s Musings’ but I felt the need for change. This verse has also been carefully considered and is what has inspired the name choice:
Be still, and know that I am God Ps46
As a Christian I am firm believer in God having created the earth and this is what inspires me as I observe. I have had some struggles in the past which has influenced my thoughts but at no point did I not see God at work. I am still seeing him in my life, in our family life, in the difficulties and in the every day. When I observe these creative angles around me my thoughts turn to him.
I’m looking forward to sharing more of my observations and how creativity and art can be part of the every day.