What would you say if I told you art can change your life for the better?
If you had told me this let’s say 10 years ago I would have frowned and probably made fun of you. Because I grew up in a family where art and creativity were merely small accessories to life. Not something to bother yourself with on a daily basis.
On top of that I had a really weird aunt who took me to the most boring museums you can ever think of as a child. So in stead of taking us to the pool during a heat wave, she dragged us through an open air museum. Leaving me and my sister wondering about whatever we did wrong to deserve that…
Long story short: me and art, it wasn’t a love at first sight.
But art didn’t give up on me. And one sunny day in spring 2010 it changed my life. Just like that.
THE DAY ART CHANGED MY LIFE
I visited the ‘From Matisse to Malevich’ exhibition at the Amsterdam Hermitage. It showed the developments in modern art from 1900-1930.
I saw Red Room by Matisse, I saw Woman in a Black Hat by Van Dongen, I saw Spring by Rouault.
And then there was Picasso.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Just Picasso, his women, and me. Experiencing the true soul elevating power of art.
There was no future, no past, only the artwork in the present. It connected me to the soul of art and the power of perspective. It was an invitation to look beyond, to be beyond.
That was it. That day art changed my life. My heart knew that day what my mind needed another 10 years to figure out: art is my purpose.
ART CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AS WELL
Art can also change your life. If you let it, it can capture you in the present moment. Letting all the worries about the past and the stress about the future disappear in an instant.
Art can connect you to the power of beauty and to your immense creative potential. And by doing so art will make you capable of not only making a difference in your own life but also on the grand scale of things.
Art is going to change the world.
Through you, through me, through us.
My heart knew that already on that sunny day in spring back in 2010. And now my mind and body are on board, ready to do the work.
What about your heart?