Thursday, May 23, 2013

Word Art

Hi everyone!

I apologize for having missed a Thursday or two. I have started a new job, and although I have more time, I had a bit of adjusting to do as well as utilizing all of my time off to catch my personal life back up.

I'm back now, and it is time to move forward.

Today, I wanted to talk about something that I actually find somewhat comical and very interesting: the art in my home.

My wife and I have fairly similar tatse, so painting & decorating have been pretty easy for us. One thing that stands out is our different tastes in art.

Don't get me wrong, we are not polar opposites. Our tastes compliment each other. She has purchased a few pieces (and I do like them), but instead of just being an image, they are what I call, "word art." They are all beautiful, decorative, framed pieces. They all have a word, phrase, statement...there are words. I like all of them. They're all very nice.

The pieces I have purchased, however, are images. Sketches, paintings, landscapes, figures...not one word.

And my point is?

I'm a writer! LOL. I find it comical that as a person whose work is not just based on words, it is words, I choose to fill my home with images. My wife who is more visual than linguistic, is the one who chooses the word art.

Funny? Yeah. Comical? In a way, I think so. Interesting? Absolutely!

Why are we like this? Do we choose art compensates for what we lack (as in my inability to draw/paint)? Do we use art to stimulate/inspire us in ways outside of our norm?

I don't know, but I am tempted to think that we are drawn to art forms (including music, writing, etc.) that do inspire or fill us in ways outside of our natural talents. I love words, I love painting with words. But, at the end of the day, looking at an image, I am recharged and inspired to use my words yet again. Looking at word art almost drains me. Again, I like the pieces we have, but looking at words on the wall can make me feel inept or insufficient. Does that make sense?

For me, words don't necessarily inspire words. Pictures, images stir within me the desire to keep writing.

What about you? What inspires you?

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