Inspiration Corner: Pablo says ... shake the dust of your soul

Barb Toland

So here's a quote that I've always loved by Pablo Picasso. I love it so much that it has been part of my email signature for quite some time...

Whether you're looking at it or creating it, art truly does wash the dust off our souls.

We live in such a contentious, stressful & fast-paced world. The enormity of the challenges each of us faces each day can be overwhelming at times. Art can be a place of respite, of quiet contemplation, of peace. It can also bring joy & happiness to our lives.

The only thing it requires from us is to observe it. Really see it. Breathe it in.

That's it.

If you've chosen a piece of art that you love, and have it hanging somewhere in your home or office where you can enjoy it, &/or if you're working in a medium that takes your mind off of things & brings you joy, then you're doing the very thing Picasso spoke of...

You are washing life's daily dust off your soul.

And truth be told, it really does matter.

My advice?

Find art that brings you joy, and hang it on your wall where you can see it every day from your favorite chair.

And if you're so inclined, learn a craft or skill that brings you delight. Something you can work at contentedly for hours, and lose all track of time.

Your soul will thank you!

And now I will leave you with this ocean sunset. Because if your life is anything like mine, you need a piece of peace...

Magenta Sunset ©
12" x 16" watercolor
on 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper

Use this to remind you of the world's beauty, and to find a moment of peace in your busy world. Most importantly, allow it to bring nature's wonders to YOU, when you can't go to them.

Your soul needs dusting off.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how this painting makes you feel. Take a minute to breathe, observe the painting,  and get centered in your thoughts.

Then please take a second & comment below ... tell me what you felt during this brief, but hopefully tranquil moment. It brings me joy to know how my art helps brighten your day, if even for a minute.

Now go run & jump & play:)

And as always, I would love to know your thoughts on this or any other creative matter you want to talk about! Leave your comment below, and let's chat art & creativity...



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