I picked up a book in Paris.
(Actually I picked up several books in Paris which is how I roll. Which means my luggage didn’t.
At least not very well 😉 )
The book was called ‘How Art Can Make You Happy’. It had three little words stamped in gold on it’s bright yellow back…
Art Is Magical
Golden words that clung to me in the crowded confines of Shakespeare and Co., the English bookstore in the heart of Paris. A place rich with history, filled with characters like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and soldiers of World War II. Oozing purrsonality in the form of the resident cat that lives there.
Art is magical
I found myself caught up in that single thought and stood there, pondering, amongst the old bookshelves and the worn steps embellished with a poem by Hafiz.
Art is magical and it’s to be found everywhere (although I have to admit, I think Paris has more than her fair share).
Art IS Magical. You can feel it when you say the words. (I dare you, try it right now and tell me it doesn’t make your heart flip just a little..or a lot!)
And it’s not just painting or writing, although that is often what my mind goes to first, since I have a close kinship with both.
It is ART, in the broad sense of the word, taking in everything at once.
Painting, composing, performing, dancing, strumming, drumming you name it.
Even when we are the ones listening, viewing, or tapping our toes—make no mistake. We are part of the creation, part of the art.
So I wanna ask you—why do you think that’s so? Why is art magical?
Hint: I often think that it’s the questions that matter, more so than the answers 😉
Questions can tell us a great deal about ourselves and what’s important to us.
Questions in many ways provide the answers in the questions themselves.
Creativity is a journey into the unknown. Each time we create, make art, let our eyes linger on a painting or sit in awe as someone plays Chopin–we enter into real magic.
Art is magical and the unknown ‘why is that so?’ is a beautiful question to live with 🙂
So if art is magical and I believe it is…
is it because we are truly present when participating in it?
is it because of how it makes us feel? breathless and hopeful and teary-eyed?
is it because we feel peace— a sense that everything really is gonna be alright?
is it because we feel the romance and the joy with every step of the dance?
Art is magical
I’ll let you ask yourself the questions of ‘Why?’
Your answers live inside your questions.
You are art.
YOU are magical.
P.S. A throwback to when I was featured in IN HER STUDIO magazine (Winter/2019) 😉 ! It’s available online by clicking here.
It’s such a beautiful magazine with all kinds of juicy articles featuring all sorts of artists.