Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy
In the process of writing my previous post (Turn the Painting Around), I spent some time really looking at, and considering the painting I was called to reverse. You know, although I have had this painting for over a decade, until a few days ago, I had not even known who the subject of the portrait was!
And then the other day, after some investigation, I found out that the painting is a portrait of Urania, the muse of astrology. She sits comfortably next to a tree, reaching for the sky, wearing a crown of stars and a flowing yellow robe. It is quite an unassuming piece, one that could be easily missed on a quick scan of the room. Yet I am always drawn to it. Her face exudes serenity, grace, confidence, discipline and faith. It is these qualities that provide me with a sense of calmness, but also a motivation to do my best for her. Yes, it is funny, but in a way, Urania has become my muse as well.
Looking more closely at this painting then I ever had, I began to consider the power that art has to inspire the lives of others.
From the inspired heart and dedicated mind of one person comes a work of art that touches millions, and changes the way we see our world and our own lives.
After connecting with this painting, I began exploring other artworks that I had previously enjoyed, but which have slipped from my mind of late. In my exploration, I realised there are so many beautiful works of art out there that have the power to brighten the day.
For this reason I have started the Day Brightener Gallery. My aim is to collect those works of art that bring light hope and peace.
So, my call to you today is to find those paintings that you find truly beautiful. Post them up where you can see them, and let them inspire you to create your own bright day. Then please, share them with me, and I will add them to the Day Brightener Art Gallery so that others may share in the inspiration.
Below is the first entry – Impression: Sunrise by Monet. I really enjoy looking at this painting, not only as a reminder of the skill and dedication of the painter, but also to remind myself of just how beautiful and simple life should be.
Impression: The Sunrise , 1872, Claude Monet.
To explore more beautiful Monet paintings go to: http://www.monetalia.com
“Landscape is nothing but an impression, and an instantaneous one” Monet