January 31st Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Art can take on many forms. Paintings, sculpture, music, gardening, you name it and it can be a work of art. Naturally most of us think about paintings though when we talk about art. Beautiful pasture scenes, mountains in the distance, even a happy little tree… however, that said, there are some paintings I find a little hard to accept. The colors are wonderful and the flare outstanding but, if it looks like something your two year old could have created then I find it hard to see a masters stroke in it. Of course, I am not art critic and all of my artwork looks like it was created by a two year old so what do I know? Anyway inspire your heart with some art today, with any art you find rewarding.

How to celebrate – Determine you favorite art form. Visit a gallery or a museum. Create your own form of art and display it for all to see.

January 30th National Draw A Dinosaur Day

Well, if you are going to draw something today why not make it a dinosaur!?! Make believe you are a cave man and draw those creatures you fear the most, even the ones you’ve never seen before! Today was created by Todd Page back in 2007 who felt like we should all draw, and while we were drawing, we might as well all draw dinosaurs.

How to celebrate – Learn how to draw dinosaurs. Pretend you live back in the days of dinosaurs. Pretend you are a caveman!

January 24th Beer Can Appreciation Day

We so often take things for granted… things like the beer can. The first beer can came into use in 1935, January 24th obviously, for Krueger’s Finest Beer. It was produced by the American Beer Company, I guess using the name Krueger to sound like they were German. But see, right there, by labeling the can they probably sold more than them might otherwise have sold! In fact the art of the beer can sells more beer than the beer itself. The colors of the can, the artwork done on it, even the words making it more patriotic or trendy. So give that can some appreciation before you crush it against your forehead. You need to do it before because you probably won’t remember afterwards!

How to celebrate – Study you favorite beer can. Compare your beer can to other beer cans. Stat collecting beer cans… empty or full.

May 18th International Museum Day

The largest museum in the world is the Louvre in Paris. Built in 1792 it is 782,910 square feet and the home to the Mona Lisa. Most of us think of museums as places to visit fine art but frankly, there are more that don’t contain any art than those that do. There are museums for practically every interest including, trains, toys, war, furniture, fashion, buttons, aprons… well, the list goes on and on. Today was created back in 1977 by the International Council of Museums. I wonder if they included the lint museum in their collection?

How to celebrate – Visit a museum. Create your own museum. Make a list of museums where you live.

April 15th World Art Day

Today was created back in 2011 at the General Assembly of the International Association of Art in Guadalajara, Mexico as proposed by delegates from Turkey. That’s a mouthful! Anyway, the idea is to advance the arts no matter the format or where it is created. April 15th was chosen as the day because it is the birth date of Leonardo da Vinci. Whether you like the art you are looking at or not is not as important as the fact that you appreciate the artist that made it.

How to celebrate – Go to an art gallery. Create your own artwork. Get a paint by numbers kit.

October 25th International Artists Day

Today we celebrate all those artists across the face of the earth. Generally speaking we think of painting and sculpting as the art world but it really includes any work form that someone takes pride in doing and does well. That can be a car mechanic, a trash collector or a house painter. If you do anything the best you are able to do it, and take pride in what you do… you are an artist. I know, I know… this is not what the day suggests it is but maybe it should be. I can appreciate a great painting, a great musical score or someone putting on my roof properly as great art.

How to celebrate – Look at all jobs as if they are an art. Visit a Gallery. Go see a movie.

July 8th Body Painting Day

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

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.

March 31st National Crayon Day

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.

January 31st Inspire Your Heart With Art

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.