I spend my weekdays (and sometimes nights) in the Programs & Engagement department at the Rubin Museum of Art. Here’s a writeup from New York Times art critic Holland Cotter about current exhibitions and this year’s theme of the future —
- for Marathon Family / Weekend and the way this feels like home
- for seven of my favorite people coming to hang out + work + have great conversations at the studio late last night: communion
- for the ability to make the things I need to be making; feeling creativity as a way of being instead of as an output function
- for the simplicity of sleeping in and coffee meetings and Grace
I love the active brushwork and sensitivity to color that happened in the impressionist and post-impressionist periods of art history. Impressionism was all about capturing light, color, and movement in a way that was true to the human experience of sight, turning away from painting tradition in an attempt to create images that more accurately reflected the brevity, energy, and complexity of everyday moments. Life is that way, and I think that’s why impressionist art is compelling to so many people.
A few of my favorite moments from the Impressionism Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago. Courtesy of Renoir, Monet, Morisot, Cross, Manet, Van Gogh, and Monticelli:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
This sentence by Annie Dillard makes me squirm every time I read it. On this side of heaven, this life is all we have. It’s made up of days and I want to use every one of them the best way that I can, doing things that are worthwhile, putting together a string of days that make up a live worth living. Since much of my day is habit-filled, it then follows that I should care about what I habitually do. And be ready to make non-routine decisions of life – well, with intention, and without fear – as they come. Continue reading “Thoughts on Habits (Part Three)”