I've met a lot of artists with either depression or anxiety, and I've also met a lot with both. Most of the time, my friends that have these diseases try n0t to let them get in the way of their creative processes, but sometimes their mental illnesses can hinder them from creating, like they could be … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Anxiety and Depression and Creativity
March 2nd through the 9th is National Sleep Awareness Week and to help you get in the mood we've assembled a set of the most restful and calming images that have passed through our gallery. Enjoy! Isn't this just calming... That gradual change is color is like my gradual change in yawning... The northern lights have … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: 10 Images to Help You Get Some Rest
Ever walked around Baltimore and found something like this? Chances are, no. That's because artist Idle Ph.D. has an intense social media following who spring into action whenever an art drop happens. What's an art drop you say? Across the country, there's a community of artists who create art specifically for the reason of leaving … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Random Acts of Art
There is no question that we are faced with both change and challenge today within the arts community. One of the questions that we are all faced with is what subjects are important to us? What merits personal advocacy at a time when we hash and rehash topics in the public sphere until we are blue … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: The Art of Politics
The most creative people you know can also seem like the happiest people, right? According to a new University of Otago study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the path to a happier state of mind requires you get creative ― quite literally, and just once a day. The study suggests that people who do at least one creative activity a … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Stay Happy and Creative!
We're thinking about Stormy Weather this week, as we close out the year, with just a few days left for entry to one of our favorite shows at the Annapolis Maritime Museum! Thus, we were particularly struck by the unique images of Nick Steinberg's exploration of fog in San Francisco and how this dynamic weather … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Fogaholics Unite!
For today's Thoughtful Thursday, we turn to Ikeda Manabu and his incredibly intricate masterpiece, Rebirth. This extraordinary interpretation of the natural world is the type of artwork that we love to see in our annual Stormy Weather exhibit - take a moment to get inspired for your own entry, by December 28!
And now another piece of inspiration for those of you preparing your entries for Art on Paper! If you've spent any time on the internet in the last few months, you might have already stumbled across the work of Chinese paper artist, Li Hongbo. He is a sculptor whose work is rooted in the traditions … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Watch Your Head
Getting ready for Art on Paper this year? This all-paper show has been a popular MFA exhibit for years now and to help jump start your entry take some inspiration from one of our favorite paper artists: Charles Young. So check this out. In 2014 Charles Young started Paperholm, a daily paper-only project on his tumblr page … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Get a Fold of This
We love when art pushes societal boundaries and makes a statement. Nowhere is this more true than in the powerful show by Kehinde Wiley, recently featured by Public Radio International. "Wiley currently has a show at the Petit Palais in Paris called “Lamentation.” It features 10 monumental works in stained glass and oil on canvas. Each portrays … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Reclamation of an Ancient Art
Happy Thanksgiving! While you all are cooking, eating, and watching football today, we know you're also thinking about the things in your life that make you thankful - and so are we. Here are just a few of the things we're grateful for this holiday season: 1.The dogs that pass through our doors! Who wouldn't love … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: 5 Things the MFA is Thankful For
Art on Paper opens soon, and to get you ready we'd like to introduce some paper inspiration and something just to think about. So check this out: Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist living in the UK who creates these fascinating illustrations using only glue and paper folded and cut to create intricate, vibrant, three-dimensional pieces of … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Art on Paper and Yulia Brodskaya