Day 3 of SMCSF Blogging Challenge!
One of the main problems I’ve usually encountered with blogging is not really sticking to a set few topics. I suppose my thought on this is since it’s a personal blog, what’s the use when most of my ramblings tend to fall under the “Randomness” category? But let’s face it, as humans we love routine and find comfort in familiarity. Although it’s kind of boring to think that way, I should also admit that each Sunday morning I cannot wait to read the Sunday Secrets from PostSecret, so I’m certainly guilty of loving routine.
However, I’ll admit I could make an effort to organize my thoughts and create a more cohesive theme of writing. With that said, below are a few things near and dear to my heart:
- Art (more of the low-brow, mixed media and street art stuff)
- Types of creative outlets such as taking photos, crafting, cooking/baking
- Social media, search marketing and anything new in the tech space
Art is entirely subjective, but in my world we’re all creative beings. I truly believe this. Although I won’t get into that discussion so much at this time (maybe another post to come?). I first “discovered” art during a temporary job in between high school and college at The Norton Museum where I worked in their pop-up gift shop set up for their glass art exhibition.
Sure I’d seen art before, but now I was surrounded by it 8 hours a day, talking to true art lovers and admiring works from artists I never even heard of. During this time the museum was having a glass ceiling installed, much like the Bellagio in Las Vegas and it was something they were certainly proud of. It was then when I first noticed the art of Dale Chihuly. His work was quite incredible and unlike anything I had seen before. Although my temporary job came to a close, I continued to follow his work and even contemplated taking a glass blowing workshop.
Several museums I’ve visited since my Norton days may display a piece or two of his, but it wasn’t until a recent trip to Seattle for SEOMoz’s MozCon, where I was able to enjoy an entire glasshouse and garden filled with his latest artwork. Stoked? You bet!!! It was like a playground of glass art, which probably doesn’t sound as appealing, but you get the idea.
And the following picture I’m throwing in as a bonus since it’s the shadow of one of his chandeliers. Is it not a dead ringer for Medusa’s head?
On a more serious note, surrounded by all of his work made me think of the expertise and patience which goes into making such intricate work. I’m sure my art geek is showing but it’s entirely fascinating and admirable. Clearly, someone has to truly love doing this in order to continue making these works, right?
Which leads me to my next question – how many of us get to do what we really love? Even if we’re not in the position today to do what we love, are you making the steps towards doing so? If not, what’s preventing you from doing so? I’ll pick up on this topic and more in tomorrow’s post.