This is the beginning of thoughtful, sad, amusing, and sometimes dry stories, told by me with an aim of bringing just a little bit more light into this world. Thanks for coming along. I’m glad you’re here!
If you’re reading this, you’ve somehow made it to my blog, and you’ve managed to make your way to this post as well. Congrats on winding yourself to the center of the messy maze that I’m building.
There are a number of ideas for blog series that have been filling my head for months, but it took me until now to sit down and make them a reality. This post is going to serve as a short introduction to the idea behind two of those ideas.
Let’s explore this wonderful world together!
Series 1: Gazing at Gardens
As my bare feet carefully carry me across my rough driveway, my heart always pulses with excitement at the thought of muddy grass replacing the cement when I get to my garden. Simply checking that each of my bean poles is sturdy and discovering another radish ripe for picking is enough to brighten my mood for days.
Sometime in the last two years, I unlocked a passion for gardening and the green of nature that I never knew I had before. I’ve always loved the wonderful, seemingly-wild garden beds at my grandma’s house. My first pictures when I bought my DSLR were of those same flowers. But taking care of my own garden, growing and eating my own vegetables, and learning the thrill of how the world is constantly growing around me was something completely new.
And now, I’m hooked. A few days ago, I came home with two new succulents after just purchasing three new indoor plants less than a week before. When I told my dad that my new hobby is buying the not-quite-dead-yet plants from big box warehouse stores, he told me he once had the same hobby.
His living room, you must know, is full of succulents, ferns, and other plants of all shapes and sizes.
This simple moment between a father and a daughter with similar interests reminded me that there’s something wonderful about gardens and the way that they can connect those who live the feeling of pulling weeds or tasting a cherry tomato straight from the plant.
This series, entitled Gazing at Gardens, would take me on a journey to share in the joy of gardens around the world with you. From learning more about specific plant types in a big botanical garden to finding out why that one yellow house has such a stunning side garden, there’s a story that can bring you something special if you simply take some time to gaze at the garden.
My goal is to produce at least one piece for this series monthly. I’ll focus on local gardeners, family friends, and nonprofit gardens in my local area at first. Later, I hope to travel to big gardens that inspire even bigger dreams for my own garden!
Series 2: Art We See(k)
Have you ever walked into a museum room only to be so awed at what you see that you are truly speechless? Or, perhaps, moved to tears?
I vividly remember the moment when I entered a special exhibit titled “Beyond the Stars” at the Musée d’Orsay. As someone who is enthralled with and terrified by everything about space, I knew I was going to find something to love.
When I rounded a corner into the final room of the exhibition, I immediately cried when I saw Wenzel Hablik’s work “Starry Night.” Something about it turned my world in circles while simultaneously making it hard to do anything but sob and stare.
Later, when I was telling a friend about this moment, I realized that even though I had such a strong reaction to this piece of art by an artist that I had never heard about before that moment, I knew nothing about it. I didn’t know that this painter had many works with a similar, circular nature. I didn’t know anything at all.
This sentiment of lacking comes to me frequently when I return home from travels. Though I believe that I do truly enjoy the moment as I am moving around new and interesting places, I often come across a piece of history or a work of art that stuns me only to never learn anything more about it. And to me, that’s kind of sad.
This series, “Art We See(k),” will aim to take one piece of art that I have come across in my travels and learn more about it. I don’t expect to become an expert, and I’ve never studied art. But I do hope to learn more about why these works stood out to me, and how they might carry a strong sentiment for others as well.
Eventually, I hope that this type of analysis will help me to not only remember the joy I felt at seeing the art but also the larger impact that this work has in my world and beyond it. It would be great if I could help others to explore such insights as well, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself just yet!
Into The Future
I hope that these series sound interesting to you; I can’t put into words how excited I am to create them and share these stories with the world.
Once I have established these series a bit more, I will create a proper landing & introduction page for each of them. For now, following these links will take you to the current posts in each series:
Have a great day!