Inspiration for August 22nd: ARYZ

Dontcha just love the internet? At it’s best this web thing helps us learn new things, turns us on to new ideas and makes discovering new talent easier than ever. Today thanks to this fancy-pants technology, I discovered the incredible work of graffiti artist and muralist ARYZ. On August the 22nd, as luck should have it, Juxtapoz magazine featured a spread on the completion of ARYZ mural in Copenhagen, the beauty you see above. His work is breathtaking in scope and size and left me über inspired today. Like take a look at this marvel below, entitled, “Dreamer”.

Painted on the side of a factory in Catalunya, Dreamer makes me want to dream even bigger. Admittedly, I am no visual artist but the works of ARYZ make me want to expand the reach of my writing and take things several stories up, if only in a figurative sense. ARYZ’s website is definitely worth a click-through. His work transcends street art with soul, tenderness and sense of humor.

As this cloudy Wednesday slowly ticks away, I am filled with the dream  and desire to take things bigger- creatively, spiritually, emotionally. I’m also motivated to stay open to discovering new artists, music, film and obsession. Because, whether its a website or the side of a building in Germany,  you just never know where your next big inspiration might come from.

Inspiration for August 14th: John Chamberlain

“Art is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means to relieve the dissatisfaction.” – John Chamberlain

Foil. Foam. Old junk. Rusty car parts. No thrown away object was too odd or too icky for the late sculptor John Chamberlain. Currently in the courtyard of New York City’s Seagram building ,three of Chamberlain’s funky, fluid foam sculptures are on display through November. So it’s only fitting that Chamberlain is today’s inspiration.

By the time of his death last December, John Chamberlain had  major retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles, achieved fame and celebrity status in the art world and was cited as an influence by other artist like Frank Stella and Nancy Rubins. Yet it’s his commitment to keep growing and changing as an artist that inspires me today. Chamberlain dabbled in photography and painting and was experimenting with bright colors in his sculptures even in his fianl days. About creating art he once said, “”…one day something – some one thing – pops out at you, and you pick it up, and you take it over, and you put it somewhere else, and it fits. It’s just the right thing at the right moment. You can do the same thing with words or with metal.”

Exactly, Johnny! Today I’ll do my best to remember that I have a creative outlet to use if I feel dissatisfied or irritable. Likewise, I’ll try to be open to different ideas and things I might not have thought of. And lastly, I’ll practice gratitude for the gift of writing and delight in the creative process where I find, “just the right thing at the right moment.”