Weekly Whim | Art Facts and Photos

Did you know:

Van Gogh made over 200 pieces of art, but sold only 1 while he was alive.

Pablo Picasso loved animals. He had a pet monkey, an owl (awesome), a goat, a turtle and packs of dogs and cats.

Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian and animal rights activist. He would buy caged birds and set them free. (Artsy- I like it).

Students participating in art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

On winter days it is hard to figure out things to do to get out of the house. So my #weeklywhim (as defined in my happiness post this week) wasย to go to the Nelson Art Museum this weekend. Art museums are great for the following reasons.

  1. They’re free.
  2. They’re beautfiul
  3. Becuase they are free and beautiful you don’t have to see every single exhibit in one day. Don’t force yourself through everything (some people find excessive art browsing boring). Come back frequently for specific art. This keeps it fresh and new.

Today I saw, among many other things, the art exhibit Stone and Mist (Chinese Landscape Photography) by Michael Cherney. It was beautiful and inspired me to practice my photography and art skills. He made photography to look like historically created Chinese Art and scrolls.
The Nelson is a cool place anyway and an awesome place to visit in Kansas City. Here are some pictures to prove it.

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Art is about expression. Everyone is creative! From painting, designing, drawing to instagram or blogging, everyone can do art.ย (Yes, that means you too).

“Creativity takes courage” โ€”Henri Matisse

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http://www.thriveart.com/facts

http://mysterybuild.com/interesting-art-history-facts

http://artsaskformore.artsusa.org/artsed_facts/001.html

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