Words of Wisdom Art

Awhile back I came across this picture on Pinterest:

i am made of shattered stars

I followed to a page selling art (get it here) and discovered that it was a quote from Alexandra Franzen.

Curious, I visited her blog, and have been following her ever since.

She has a way with words that I find to be continually inspiring.

And today I just wanted to share some Franzen-inspired artwork by Kent Youngstrom.  He has a whole series based on the way Alexandra puts words together.  These are my favorites:

less talking more ing

what are you building

let's do something stupid

You can find the rest of the Words of Wisdom art at Gilt.

Now, go build something.  :)

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Still I Rise

Still I Rise

“Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

Just a few lines from a favorite poem.  I could read it over and over again.  Does it come as a surprise?

And I liked how these powerful words looked when paired with this image.

A dancing spirit.  Light.  Laughing.

Rising.

I will rise through pain.  I will smile.  I will see goodness in the world.

No matter how many times you shoot me with your words or cut me with your eyes or kill me with your hatefulness:  I rise.

You do your best to hurt me.  To bring me down, to drown me.

But still, like air, I rise.

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Graphic Prints by Budi Satria Kwan

I am completely crushing on these graphic prints from Budi Satria Kwan.  They’re fantastic, dreamlike.  They draw you in.

They make me wish I hadn’t stopped drawing.  They make me wish I hadn’t stopped painting.

But those feelings are fleeting.

They make me happy.  And that happiness lingers.

They remind me of the wonderful, endless imagination that I had once, as a child.  I could stare at these prints all day, and I’m tempted to fill my kids’ room with them.  :)  As such, I’ve posted pics that are deep but still romantically childlike, which represent only a small portion of Kwan’s amazing portfolio.

I hope they make you happy, too.

May you always retain a childlike wonder for this wonder-full universe.  :)

And if you’d like to see more of Budi Satria Kwan, I suggest his Portfolio website, which also includes links to sites where he sells his work.

Let The Night Come

I can’t seem to stop listening to “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore.  Especially the video.

The song grabs me.  It holds on tight.  And I can’t sit still.
Why am I so addicted?

It’s the passion.  The energy.

For me, music is nothing without passion and energy.  It’s why I love Nina Simone.  It’s why I love Bob Marley.  People who speak to us, deep within us, and shake our universe in such a way that even when the song is over, we’ve been forever changed.  Singers who’s songs never really leave us.

Which is why I made this image tonight, with a quote from the video’s version of the song:

Let the Night Come

Let the night come, before the fight’s won,
Some might run against the test.
But those that triumph, embrace the fight ’cause,
Their fears then prove that courage exists.

Never abandon hope.

Raw!  :)

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