While in New York last weekend, I spent an afternoon at the Brooklyn Museum taking in the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit.
I was in heaven.
If you can call a book a prized possession, my copy of “Georgia O’Keeffe: a Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz” is a prized possession. The photographs, especially those of her hands, have always mesmerized me. When I am feeling less than creative or just plain stuck, flipping through that book is a magic elixir. The images truly move me.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when this exhibition included many of those Stieglitz photos! There I was, up close and personal with some of my favorite images. Talk about a rush.
Spending time with art I love – even though I am by no means an artist – provides a needed renewal when deadlines, content creation and business demands start to wear me down. I’ve been known to pop into Chicago’s famed Art Institute of Chicago for a quick fix between meetings. If there’s a stack of art books at an estate sale or resale shop, I take a look to see if anything catches my fancy.
Keeping up with the content demands of our businesses can be exhausting. The well of clever headlines and catchy Twitter posts will run dry some days. There’s no better replenishment than taking in someone else’s genius work at a gallery, a movie theatre, a garden, a designer showcase house or whatever creative pursuit sparks your curiosity and appreciation.
Give it a try. What have you got to lose?