Body painting has been around for centuries. Warriors use to paint themselves to look more dangerous, hunters to blend in with their environment and kids because… well it was fun. Andy Golub took that to an entire new level in 2007 when he painted people and then took pictures of them in New York City. He was promptly arrested and thrown in jail not because of the art work or the picture but because the people he was exhibiting were naked. He kept trying though and eventually won out because it was considered a work of art and proclaimed this day as Body Painting Day in 2014. My question is, if you are covered in paint… are you really naked?
How to celebrate – Get a painting done somewhere on your body. Take up painting as an art. Be careful if you sweat a lot, your clothes might run.
April 8th Draw A Bird Day
DAB Day has been around since the 1940’s in the UK. Why, well… I guess because it could be since I found no other particular reason for it. Perhaps with the war in Europe raging it gave people something to do, or maybe it gave an air of freedom or maybe it broke the tension of the bombardment. Or maybe it’s not as obvious as we think since a woman in the UK was often called a bird. Which makes us all wonder why, only slightly more than why we celebrate Draw A Bird Day at all.
How to celebrate – Draw a bird. Visit the UK. Join the Audubon Society.
Crayons have been with us in a sense since the 17th century, though the originals were not made out of wax and had very limited colors to choose from. The first were made from a mixture of of charcoal and oil, it wasn’t until 1902 they started being made of wax. Over 3 billion crayons are made every year, Crayola having made over 237 billion since it first began. They keep a running count of 120 colors while generally retiring 50 colors a year. and this is the day they retire the old and add the new. Crayola helps keep life colorful!
How to celebrate – Visit one of the Crayola stores. See if you can figure out what colors are due to be retired. Plan a fun day of coloring with the family.
There is no doubt that art moves people. Sometimes it lifts us up and inspires us, at other times it leaves us scratching our heads and wondering why any one would waste their time doing that. It is true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, art comes in so many forms I am sure you can find one that you enjoy. Paintings, photographs, music, business deals, food dishes… even detailing a car can be art. In fact, nearly anything anyone can do or make is an art. So share your art with others and enjoy theirs, you’ve got nothing to lose and an entire other world to start enjoying.
How to celebrate – Make a list of what you consider art. Visit a museum of art. Create.
It seems a little odd that World Art Day would fall on the day our taxes are due but it does. I guess you could say that Art waits for no one. Oh, and it’s Leonardo DaVinci’s birthday too! The day is sponsored by the International Association of Arts (IAA) and was created in 2011 by the General Assembly in Turkey. Art is in the eye of the beholder, some like the Mona Lisa and others those black light Elvis Presley towels. It doesn’t matter, art is art and whatever pleases us best is serving it’s purpose. It might be hanging in a museum or gallery somewhere or it might be right outside your front door.
How to celebrate – Figure out witch art, or arts, mean the most to you. Visit an Art Gallery. Listen to music, watch a movie or hang your favorite piece of art on your refrigerator.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art takes on many different forms and whether it’s your cup of tea of not doesn’t matter. Today is your chance to inspire your heart, with art others have created, or you create yourself. Whether it is a painting, sculpture, music, poem, drawing, or even the beauty you find in just looking at the sky, get inspired by it. Think of other things you might be able to do, or other people you might be able to inspire. Today isn’t really about how well you do something, it’s more about the way you see it. Remember those drawings you did as a child, gave to your mother, and she put on the ice box? Well to her that was a great piece of art. She may not have known what it was that you were making but she was inspired by the fact that you made it at all.
How to celebrate – Go to an Art Exhibit. See the art in everything around you. Help someone create what they may not be able to create on their own.
Yes, it’s time to inspire yourself with something beautiful. For some, that’s a painting, a sculpture or maybe photograph. There is no question that there are beautiful things out there to celebrate. It might even be a poem or a person or even an animal. You should spend the day taking them in and securing them in your memory.
Maybe you could even buy something beautiful… not a person. That way you will always have it around you to remember today as you inspire yourself with what the world can provide. If you have the talent, you can even create it yourself to keep forever, or share with someone else.
Just remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It doesn’t always mean that what you see as beautiful has to be beautiful to someone else. And be sure to look past the surface, particularly with people because sometimes the most beautiful parts are being held in reserve.
And look for the beauty within yourself. Those things that separate you from everyone else and make you beautiful. after-all, you are a work of art too. God’s art.
How to celebrate – Visit a museum. Go to an art gallery. Take pictures of what you see so you can easily remember them.
October 28th International Animation Day
Today was created by the ASIPA in honor of Charles-Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris where his first animation appeared in 1892. UNESCO celebrates the day as the “art of Animation” in over 50 countries around the world.
Since animation first appeared it has evolved to the point where some of the art is so real it is difficult to tell it from actual life itself.
How to celebrate – Go to an animated show. Visit Disney. Learn the art of animation.
According to the dictionary, there is nothing such as a Culinarian, I beg to differ. What is a Culinarist but a Culinarian? We are speaking about someone here that is a step above a cook. There’s some food for thought!
There is an art to preparing and plating a dish. That often separates a cook from a Culinarian. A cook gives you a hamburger, a Culinarian serves you a hamburger with a tomato.
Seriously though, true chefs spend years learning their craft. Maybe some of their dishes are beyond your palate but you have to appreciate what they do. They separate those who eat escargot from those who eat snails.
Food is so much of what we live for that it has to become an art. After all, art mimics life! Or is that the other way around? Either way, today we celebrate the Culinarian’s among us. Those who looked at food and said, “I can make something else out of that!”
So many of these bizarre holidays have something to do with food. They are a Culinarian’s delight. The true question here is… can you really trust a skinny Culinarian?
How to celebrate – Become a Culinarian. Go ahead and play with your food today. Sample something you have never tried before today. (Food that is)
It seems fitting that World Art Day comes on Tax Day here in the US. How many of you bought art and gave it to a museum to get the tax deduction? Okay, probably not too many of you but if you did, did you appreciate the art before parting with it?
The weird part about what is considered great art by the experts is that most of us look at it and can’t even figure out what it is! It’s all about color and texture, theme and style, the artist and a critic that thinks the weirder it is, the better!
So, one of the all time greats painted a can of tomato soup. It apparently made everyone hungry! Well today was created by the IAA general assembly, proposed by the Turkey delegates to the International Association of Arts. They picked April 15th because it is Leonardo DaVinci’s birthday. They were in Guadalajara, Mexico at the time.
Now I do love art, maybe not so much the Elvis painted on velvet but most art. That said, there are a lot of works of art that I do not understand. I also do not uderstand how they put a value of a piece of art. At auction one bring $10 while others bring $10,000,000 dollars! (And more) They both looked pretty good to me, sometimes I even like the $10.00 one better.
How to celebrate – Study the gret works of art. Try painting your own great work! See how many of the great artists you can name without looking them up.