The sudden shut-down of communal offices around the world pushed most of us into new and unfamiliar territory, having to work and create at home.
How do we inspire creativity and labour in our corners, our alcoves or if we’re lucky enough, a dedicated space away from myriad household distractions and family?
It was the Russian author of War and Peace Leo Tolstoy who said, “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
The question is, at what?
Art photography that is beautiful, inspirational, challenging, has the ability to instantly transform a space, enabling our originality, our expressiveness.
But, first. Light is Beautiful.
Before the photographs and the arrangement of space, we must orientate ourselves at the sun. In the southern hemisphere, a north-facing window will deliver the powdered gold light of morning and afternoon and the bright whites of midday. In winter, a warm sunbeam falling across the face will convince you there is no better place to be. A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, after all.
Take notes from a Kardashian
The Los Angeles office of Kourtney Kardashian, the eldest of the three sisters, combines vintage monochrome photography, which includes a Herb Ritts photograph called Batman and a masked Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball by Harry Benson, with a colourful abstract work on paper by Bridget Riley.
Create your own Kardashian-esque moment with these vintage black-and-white Hollywood photographs combined with vibrant abstracts.
Work like a lion
Excellence is a habit and mastery only comes with prolonged labour. How do we find inspiration and motivation when the mind wanders and the distractions of home, a stocked fridge, an untidy garden or a wardrobe that needs re-arranging, constantly beckons.
Find strength in the glare of a lion, elephant or leopard; whimsy and thoughtfulness in the quizzical look of an orangutan.
See, The King’s Portrait II.
The Villain’s Look.
Objects of pleasure
Why do we work? Why do we give ourselves to anything other than leisure but for the satisfaction of creation and, importantly, the means to enjoy our most precious pursuits.
These objects of desire are the carrots before the horse. Work and reap the rewards.
Perhaps it comes in the form of a McLaren 650s
A 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gull Wing coupe.
A canary yellow Ducati motorcycle from 1972.
Repose on the stern of a luxury cruising boat.
A statement art piece
If it’s drama and effect you chase, nothing anchors or defines a room more than an oversized art piece. So why not find the photograph of your dream and order it in a size that fills an entire wall?