28 August 2016

The Effect Of Visual Arts...

When you look at art, sculpture and photography how do you react?
We all know what appeals to us personally, 
someone else may dislike or even disapprove of.
Viewing art is an intensely private and personal experience,
but how art impacts is such an interesting topic. 
Visual art, sculpture and photography can instigate healing, inspiration, as well as altering the brain chemistry.
It is fascinating to observe people in an exhibition opening or gallery -what are they saying verbally or via body language when viewing different pieces of work.
It opens up concepts and makes for riveting conversation,
because art truly is in the eye of the beholder - everybody sees something different.

I would like to share how I was impacted by a piece of photography 
at an exhibition opening recently.
It was the most surreal experience.

The photograph is called 'Fallen'.
The photographer is the very talented Baz Mantis.

Those red angel wings grabbed my attention.
The title grabbed my attention.
The darkness and hint of sadness of the photograph
grabbed my attention.
(Perhaps because we have all been a fallen angel at some time in our lives).
It reminded me how important wings and feathers were to me as an artist.
It reminded me of the rock band 'Evanescence'.
It also reminded me how much I have spiritually grown though my life.

I love this image...
I love the affect it has on me.
'Fallen' is now hanging in my office!

Baz Mantis photography is based in Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand. 
Find out more here...




Here is a great article on the importance of art in our daily life by David Norris (via Monte Naglar Fine Art)

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25 August 2016

Mini Desert Gardens...

This is one of those 'oh so cute, 
but let's put up a 'danger' sign' kind of projects.

I'm a cactus and succulent lover, 
so this quirky desert style mini garden is just my thing.

To create you will need:
3 x small glass bowls 
(I used $1 bowls from the Necessities Warehouse brand)

potting mix

3 x baby cactus plants
($4.47 each from Mitre 10)
Line each bowl with wet sand and press into place.

Add a layer of potting mix.

Put the baby cacti in the centre and backfill with potting mix.
Put a top layer of sand on top.

Hint: Make a paper collar to avoid the prickles and make for easier manoeuvring.

The Mini desert gardens require minimal watering.
Remember there is no drainage in the glass bowl so it is vital not to overwater them or they will rot.

I displayed each bowl in a little wooden box on the coffee table.
The cloth is vintage.
Oh so pretty don't you think?

I adore the passionflower design.
Right now I'm loving vintage fabric...
Mini Desert Gardens!

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23 August 2016

Create, Inspire, Love #18

Welcome to 
Create, Inspire, Love

Once a month Mia Bella Passions will select something to share, 
from another creative, blog or website....
It may be: 
Create: DIY, upcycling, craft, or baking. 
Inspire: Art, sculpture, a quote or inspirational message.
Love: Or something I think you will love.

Today's Favourite is: 
DIY Wood Accent Wall
created by Kelsie at 
Design Life Diaries

I fell in love with this...
 and immediately started to think 'what wall can I do that to at my place?'
DIY Wood Accent Wall

And don't you just love the styling of this master bedroom?

To find out more details on Kelsie's 
(and to see the cutest pup ever)
Visit 'Design Life Diaries' HERE.

Feel free to copy the link & the 'I was featured Button'