Inspiration through Art

Inspiration through Art
Read about art that inspires and transcends. Cool stories on the effects of art on the world around us. View the interdisciplinary effects of art and oil paintings.

Ekphrasis is a western poetic form used to describe artwork, capturing the action in a scene. Only the imagination is the limit in the conversation between writer and the art.

We can use animal symbolism to make the act of decorating our spaces easier and feel more connected with the personality of ourselves, our families, or our company.

There are some people who think that only artists like Andy Warhol are truly integrated within or exemplify pop culture. That's just not true.  Internet memes are the internet's way of documenting the ironic humor and strange concerns of the web's digital citizens. If you Google search "memes," the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term as:memes  plural of meme (Noun): 1. An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation. 2. An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.Memes are a phenomena. Would you believe it if you were told that memes are being turned into fine art or that fine art and master artists were becoming the subject of memes?Most of us who frequent the worldwide web know who Grumpy Cat is, among other interesting visages; well, these memes are being turned into art. Czech artist Jeremiah Palecek may have helped pioneer a new art genre termed on his website as Net Surrealism. He has been quoted as being a next  "Web Warhol." "If something hits me the right way then I want to paint it. This could be a series of paintings about internet memes, or it could be...
Mary Cassatt - Summertime

Summer doesn’t officially begin until the solstice on June 20 at 7:09 pm EDT, but the spirit of Summer fun is already in full swing with the unofficial Memorial Day kick off!They don’t call them the “Lazy days of Summer” for nothing!  The heat slows the body down, and ways to cool off are sought. The mind and soul crave the warmth, sun and green the season brings.Here are some top activities to revel in this Summer:Beach and swimming: Perhaps the number one Summer activity.  Sand and surf, sun and fun. Whether at one of the top ocean beach destinations in the United States (Florida, California, the New Jersey Shore, Hawaii, Cape Cod in Massachusetts, North and South Carolina ), the lake beaches can’t be forgotten either!  Kids collect shells and bounce in the waves under the watchful eyes of their parents, while others sleep in the sand, letting the warmth seep into their skin and bones.  Others take it as the perfect opportunity to don a huge floppy hat, sit under an enormous umbrella, read a book and relax to the rhythm of the waves. Stock up on your favorite beach reads in paperback or eReader with a...
Renoir - Discarded Roses

Father’s Day was created in the early 20th century in celebration of fathers and the roles they play within society and family – and as a complement to the already-established Mother’s Day. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t made “official” until then President Richard M. Nixon signed it into law in 1972.It began with Sonora Smart Dodd. Inspired upon hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, she wanted to create something that honored her own father, a Civil War veteran who had raised six children as a single parent after his wife (her mother) had passed away in childbirth years earlier. After a year of campaigning and petitioning for this holiday, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.  From there, it would take five presidents and over sixty years for the United States to make Father’s Day a permanent national holiday, on the third Sunday in June, when Nixon made it official in 1972.  Sonora Dodd was able to see her dream made into a reality, living another six years (to 1978) until the ripe old age of 96!Like Mother’s Day, many other countries celebrate Father’s Day  on the third Sunday in June, while others...

Spring, of course, is inextricably linked with Easter and associated with resurrection. Returning every year, Spring brings new life. Resurrection is not a solely Christian concept. Rather, it’s universal, found throughout all religions and in mythology - Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Hindu, and Celtic.Rebirth and resurrection is one of the key themes in Greek mythology. Many of the gods, goddesses and heroes die (or go to the Underworld), only to be reborn through the grace, cleverness, and the bravery of others – as well as their own courage and sacrifice. One myth that ties directly into rebirth of the Earth at Spring, is the story of Persephone and Demeter – which is one of the most important myths in Greek mythology. But the body is only part of resurrection. To achieve any return to life, the soul and spirit need to return, as well. Without the soul, the resurrected body is an empty shell.Around the world, different creatures represent resurrection, rebirth and transformation, but none more recognized than the butterfly. Symbolizing change, beauty, fragility, transformation and the soul, the butterfly is transformation personified. Just as the human cycle of birth-infancy-childhood-adolescence-adulthood-old age-death, each stage of the butterfly’s life is different, serving...
Dali - Swans Reflecting Elephants

Looking at Salvador Dali’s Swans Reflecting Elephants I was stricken by a sudden epiphany. Who was it that first said that swans were beautiful? We all know they are one of the symbols of grace, purity, and beauty but how often do we actually stop to look at them with a critical eye? Ungainly boat-shaped bodies, disproportionately long, snake-like necks, and a waddling gait – are these the attributes of a perfect being, a paragon of physical virtue? In what way does the miraculous transfiguration of Hans Christian Andersen’s infamous “Ugly” Duckling into the feathered equivalent of a snake in a boat constitute a good end? Of course Andersen never was too fond of happy endings...It was this train of thought that led me to see this famous fairytale in a new light, and realize the superficial nature of the life-affirming end we have all been told by our parents. But have they told us the truth?What if we look at the Ugly Duckling not as a positive symbol of the transformative power hidden within all of us, but as a profoundly disturbed individual with an agonizing inferiority complex? This complex stems in part from social rejection, in...

Eleanor’s bedroom here was smaller than the one at home. She lay in a small but comfortable bed by the window, the drawn curtains leaving the room in semi-darkness. Eleanor’s eyes were open, but she was staring blankly at the window, as if unaware of anything around her. Her mother sat by the bed with a look of concern on her face, heedless of the soft rustling sound disturbing the heavy silence. After a while she raised herself from the chair and headed quietly towards the door. Springing up with a sudden burst of energy, Eleanor stretched her arms desperately towards her mother.“Don’t leave me!” she wailed, “They will come after me! I can hear them climbing up the wall!”Mother sighed patiently, “Nothing is coming after you dear. You just need some peace and quiet, and everything will be okay.” Of course Eleanor knew it wouldn’t be, but how could she explain? She watched her mother leave in despairing silence.The rustling and scraping sounds outside the window intensify. Eleanor’s breathing grows heavier. For a moment, the sounds outside cease, and all that Eleanor can hear is the sound of her own heartbeat. Then the curtain concealing the window begins...
Van Gogh - Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers

Eleanor’s mother could not understand why, just when she seemed so much better she had suddenly had a panic attack during a bath. She could not imagine that it was triggered by Eleanor’s yellow rubber duck. The unfortunate girl could sense the horror coming on as it landed with a crash in her foamy bath water – it was the color – the agonizing yellow of the sunflowers that haunted her dreams.The duck’s body begins to stretch and elongate, while sunflower petals grow out of its head. Eleanor tries to scream, but is unable to find her voice. She begins to push herself to the other side of the bathtub, but the duck, now completely transformed into a sunflower pursues her, floating eerily above the foam.Before the Sunflowers, Eleanor used to love to sit in the kitchen watching her mother cook. Today however, everything was different. As Mother tipped a bottle of sunflower oil over the frying pan, Eleanor stared nervously at the rough drawing of a sunflower on the label, and the stream of yellowish oil trickling with a deafening growl onto the hot pan.A funnel of oil rises out of the pan with petals bursting from...
Van Gogh - Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers

It was around four o’clock in the afternoon in a room of Postimpressionistic art at the National Gallery in London. A row of rigid, backless wooden benches cut across the center of the room, and the bright fluorescent lamps hanging from the high ceiling infused the atmosphere with a sickly yellow light. The scanty group of listlessly wandering visitors barely disturbed the oppressive silence.A couple walked in accompanied by their young daughter. She seemed to be about six years old, her small stature and innocent, large brown eyes making her look even younger. Her frail figure was encased in a flowered pink dress and a yellow wool sweater, which offset her pale complexion. The family walked around the room stopping at a Van Gogh painting. The painting depicted a vase overflowing with vivid yellow sunflowers, which seemed to pop out from their flat blue background. Turning towards the girl the mother began to gesture towards the painting as if explaining something. To the child however, her voice remained unheard.At first she seemed merely lost in thought, as if she was either not listening, or not hearing what her mother was saying to her. She was staring fixedly...