“Let your heart be your biggest competitive advantage” - Marie Forleo
Something I heard during a marketing webinar with Marie Forleo. It got me really marinating on the different ways that we program ourselves and our experiences around what is around us. Is your heart reflecting back at you in your interior, whether that interior is your home or office?
Look. I understand, the office, might not be the first place you thought to put art, but environment counts! Have you ever sat at your desk for tons of hours and then realized that you may have forgotten to breathe or when you go outside to walk to your car, you feel a sense of relief? This is because your office is not flowing with your energy. Now, I am not just talking about your type of work, I mean your actual visual environment. How can you make it more cozy and lighter to you?
The honest truth is putting your heart into it. I think that this is where you can shift your mindset from hanging artwork to propping artwork! Putting a smaller bright abstract artwork piece in your cubicle can set the tone for rest, ease, and intention. I believe that we can invoke senses with art and that those senses are connected to our hearts.
Have you ever thought to yourself, wow, I wish I could bring some art in here, but there are no walls. Well, then why not prop your art? This goes the same for your home. Not all homes are going to have the best spots for hanging art in the proper ways. In my home, I prop art in windows, so that they can get their energy cleansed by the sun and moon. I live in an urban area, where the buildings are older and have been renovated from factories, so the windows are not always in the best place for curtains. I literally have a closet next to a window in 2 areas of my home! It makes no sense!
Propping Art is not only Creative, it’s impermanent. I think that the other reason to prop art is being able to move your work around without destroying your walls or having to hang everything and measure where it might fit or go. It can be exhausting to hang work. I have done self-made exhibits for over 4 years and the biggest one I did in 2015 with over 30 pieces of art in it, was absolutely exhausting to hang! It is not easy to design and place things on the wall.
Big Pieces Look Whimsical and Fun. Have you ever really wanted a big bold abstract piece in your home, but you weren’t sure where to put it? Why not prop it? I mean honestly, they are bold enough to have their own space and stand on their own. I like to prop some of my pieces on benches and it really keeps the creativity and design looking nice.
I hope that this has inspired you to prop some art, big or small and had you feeling inspired to build on your art collection. I think every home and office needs some art and what better way to honor it than recognize it as not just something to hang, but an actual piece of energy in your home that can go anywhere?
And if you are feeling really bold, you can get an artist to Mural in your Home! I recently did a mural in Femme Fatale Pop Up Shop located in Washington D.C., which honored the ongoing transition from sunrise to sunset. It excited me to see art be a highlight of a space and truly, I am wondering if I need to paint some more big pieces of furniture or parts of my wall in my own home.
At the moment, I will stick with my intention for 2019, though. I have been getting intimate with my work. Refining and Defining who I am as an artist and what I want to say. I have been honoring the clouds and integrating my emotions about technology into my artwork. Smaller pieces of this series will be available at the pop-up as well. Some big, Some small.
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