While I was in Washington, D.C., I did my best to open myself up to any and all inspiration, especially while I was in the museums.
One of the first museums that I visited was the National Gallery of Art. I was disappointed that the East building, with most of the modern art, was closed for renovation. So I spent my time in the West building with all the old masters. Since most of the art I actively search out is contemporary and created by artists who are still living, it was so refreshing to see works by Raphael, Jan van Eyck, Titian, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Monet, and Leonardo da Vinci. The works of these artists are so astonishing and while I loved soaking in their perfection, I left feeling inspired to go my way and make work that is true to me. But any chance you get to see work by the old masters, take it!
The next museum I went to was the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I sort of ended up at this museum by accident and took advantage of the opportunity I had. While I don't usually respond to photographs, the museum has an incredible show on titled "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World" that really struck a chord with me. I can't describe the exhibition with any justice, so I recommend that you check it out on their website, or in real life!
The last museum was undoubtedly my favorite... and I almost didn't make it there! The Hirshhorn has an incredible collection of modern art and a lot of amazing exhibitions by living artists, which is just up my alley! My favorite exhibit was "Our View from Here" by Linn Meyers . This artist painted huge murals on the walls made entirely out of lines. Being currently obsessed with the power of line, I was particularly intrigued by her exhibition and how she was able to create such texture by such a seemingly simple element of art.
I loved the opportunities I had to soak in so much amazing art and gathering inspiration from a new place. I returned home with a desire to explore my own city and art opportunities as I do when I travel. I wonder how much I'm missing that is just right here!