“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
Recently, I’ve been captivated by documentaries revealing the lives of notable artists. Though their art is what makes them relevant, it’s their routines, personalities, and quirks that make them so fascinating to watch. For instance, in ‘Cutie and the Boxer, ‘The Woodsman,’ and ‘Beauty is Embarrassing,’ I found a common theme of “living for art.” Whether it’s in the studio, at home, or even on a walk, these artists are continuously creating.
Transcending the confines of a nine-to-five, your work becomes a passion you live instead of just “do.” Wouldn’t that be nice? Sadly, we’re not all talented enough to be professional artists – don’t let that stop you from creating. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all benefit from art. In fact, experiencing art, whether it be at a museum or online, can help us think more creatively. Many iconic scientists, authors, and mathematicians rely on art to give their own work depth and emotion.
Let’s be honest, we’re spoiled here in SoCal. From the San Diego Museum of Modern Art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we’re never more than a short drive from some of the world’s greatest works. Now let’s be even more honest, with traffic, school, and parking, visiting these places is often easier said than done. Thankfully, we have the internet, which brings me to our educational website suggestion for this Wednesday (read last week’s here),
Cave to Canvas – Classic, Contemporary, and Everything In Between
This website, created by a passionate college student (how cool is that?), is an excellent resource for all students. Whether you’re an art scholar, or barely know the difference between a Monet and a Manet, Cave to Canvas will engage you. Focusing on a different artist everyday – they’re open to suggestions – it’s the perfect website to check with your morning cup of coffee.
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Stay creative, Los Angeles!