Hello, hello! Last week, my friend Marika invited Dad and I to go to the Dallas Museum of Art with her and the munchkins. I’ve lived roughly half an hour away from this museum all my life and can only think of two other times I’ve been there, so we decided to go with them. We spent the afternoon wandering around some of the exhibits. Dad kept getting too close to the fancy furniture, so the staff kept a wary eye on him. We got huffed at for allowing one of the munchkins to touch a sculpture (to be fair, it was outside and looked like a fancy garbage can, so yeah). We also got to talk Masterpieces and Stephen King with the guy in the gift shop. All around, it was a nice day away from actually writing (and yes, I’ve been a good little writer with meeting my word count lately). Sometimes, getting away from your own artform and exploring others is healthy.
I’ve always liked art anyway, so it’s not hard to imagine me finding plenty of inspiration in a museum. But I admit that I was a little surprised by just how much inspiration I came away with. For instance, the Irving Penn exhibit (open until August 14) had a few images that are still stuck in my brain almost a week later. One of them, which I don’t have a picture of, was an eye in a keyhole that had a keyhole reflected in the eye, kind of like a tunnel effect. I don’t know why it’s stuck with me, or if it’ll cause a story to blossom, but it gave me something to think about.
Aside from inspiring the writer in me, I was also tempted to draw again. There was quite a bit of abstract work that was interesting, as well as some things that looked like they were drawn by a three year old (not my cup of tea). But, it was actually the furniture on the fourth floor that really made me go “Ooo, I could do that.” Meaning that I could draw similar patterns, not that I could build anything. I’ll leave the woodwork up to Dad.
Then, there were all the things that weren’t exactly inspiring, but they were simply beautiful. Not everything has to make you think or make you want to create. Sometimes, we just need some eye candy. On the second floor near the room where you can see one of the restoration areas, there was the Wittgenstein Vitrine (a fancy display case the DMA restored). It’s a really ornate box decorated with silver and pearls and opals and moonstones, etc. But I wouldn’t even know what to display in it, let alone what to write or draw about it. It does nothing for me except sit there and look pretty, and that’s okay. We need that just as much as we need the inspirational things.
So, what is this post all about aside from me telling you about my day at the museum? Nothing, really. I’m just saying that it’s okay to take a day off once in a while to explore creative outlets outside of your norm. Put down the pen or step away from the keyboard and go explore a museum or go to the symphony or whatever. It might help you recharge, and you could have fun in the process. I know I did.