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I went to a post on ‘The Happiness Project’ blog today and unexpectedly found a wonderful story about finding the unexpected.
The author, Gretchen Rubin, wrote about her intense happiness in finding unexpected art in public places. It got me thinking about both topics, happiness and art, and my response is exactly the same. I love art in museums, but I LOVE unexpectedly coming across art in non-art spaces.
This is what I wrote as a comment on her blog:
What makes me extremely happy is coming across an unexpected piece of art, in the middle of a non-art world. While on a long run in a park in Waco, Texas I came upon a giant art installation being made; a grouping of anthropomorphic, whimsical huts made out of branches, with doors and windows for all to go in and out of. It was just being finished, the artist was there, as was the city official in charge of the grand opening, which was taking place in just a few minutes. I stopped my run 4 miles short, chills up and down my spine, to stop and be happy in the presence of unexpected and beautiful art. I went to the artist, Patrick Daugherty, and made sure he knew at least one person was very, very happy to see his ‘River Vessels’ installation.
I went looking for quotes on ‘unexpected’ and came across this one. It really does get to the heart of what makes something or someone charming. I know I will see art in a museum, but I am delighted and charmed, often to the point of giddiness, by seeing art where I don’t expect it.
My illustration took a turn towards another example of charm, the type associated with romance. It’s not the flowers that make it charming, it’s the unexpected charm of having a frog be the one who gives them.
So, be on the lookout for what makes you happy. I bet you’ll find in part it’s connected to having a joyfully unexpected event happen in your life. Better yet, why don’t YOU help make that wonderfully unexpected event for someone else! If you are a frog, not a prince, get flowers. If you are neither, be on the lookout for the charming frog as much as the charming prince!
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Jose Marti, 1853-1895, Cuban writer
One year ago today at The Napkin Dad Daily – Eavesdropping
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