Does art die a Digital Death???

Recently I have come to appreciate and understand physical art in a new way. Adriana and I traveled to Brussels (an amazing destination I would highly recommend!) and a few days into the trip we found ourselves visiting the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the Magritte Museum. Both are small enough that you can see everything in a morning, and both are well curated enough that around every corner lies a revelation and an experience that draws the viewer into the artist's world, vision, and time. 

In these museums you can get physically close to the masterpieces, closer than I've ever been to a painting before...I'm pretty sure American museums don't trust us enough to allow this! Honestly, these exhibits opened up my eyes to the importance and beauty of physical art in a way I have not appreciated before.

Every visible brush stroke takes on a meaning, when seen from a distance of a couple feet away. Adriana studied much more art history than I did, so her comments provoked a new way of appreciating the artist's intentions. I am keenly aware of light (I can't stop being drawn to it and how it highlights a subject), but painters incorporate so much to create a mood: texture, contrast, speed, heaviness, amount of material used. These exhibits, particularly Magritte's, got me thinking about how to approach photography in new and interesting ways.

The exhibits we saw also led me to think about how best to serve clients. Specifically with physical art, art that captures a moment, a mood, an emotion, a scene, and is displayed in a place where it can be revisited and remembered over and over again. Just think: how many of our digital images and memories are stored in places we never visit? Really important life experiences, life-altering travels, beautiful moments, all documented on our phones and stored on in the cloud or on hard drives. Then those memories become covered up by the thousands of other images we create over the years. Later, who besides us will ever know the password to log in and appreciate these photos? Do we even know the passwords?

Every time I have printed a photo, it has been with extreme intention and great satisfaction. I have two in our living room from trips with Adriana, and there are great stories behind those. Another from a sunset on the beach with family, and one from the Grand Tetons during the 2017 total solar eclipse. Because I look at these every day, the details of those trips are present and ingrained in my memory. We have some wedding photos printed, a digital frame with others, and an album we created together. All of which help us to relive the joy of our most special day on a daily basis.

I highly encourage everyone to print physical art of their wedding day. You invested so much time, thought, energy, love, joy, tears, and money into that day, it deserves to be kept fresh and present in your lives. Of course, photo albums and prints on the wall are one way to do that, and I'll make sure to create images that are meaningful and epic so that they are worthy of that prime space in your home and hearts.

You also have other options, like live wedding painters. I recently connected with Married & Painted, a wedding painter in Westchester, New York, to provide couples with a preferred vendor who will create quality art of their most important day. The paint medium is capable of transporting you back to your most special memories in a unique way. Every time you walk past that wall or mantel where it will be displayed, it will transport you back to the joy and love of your wedding day.

However you do it, your art and memories deserve to live and be part of your lives.

Please take a moment to check out some of the work from Married & Painted, linked below.

Want to talk more about how to best document your special day and create physical art? Get in touch, I'd love to discuss further!