something that really stuck with me when i went to the art.com retreat was discovering the art you love. and what that really means.

so i decided to go on an adventure with my boyfriend around los angeles to document the things that really made me stop and stare. the art that wasn’t as obvious…typography on old building rooftops, record covers, art that sparked memories…i hoped to gain a little more knowledge on what kind of art drew me in immediately. and then i would find art that complimented my favorite parts of this video:

did you see me going through those record covers in the video? i have always loved soul, jazz and funk music. it just puts me in the best mood. last year on my birthday, my boyfriend and i just played records really loud in our living room and danced and danced. you have to just let loose sometimes. that’s what this photograph below feels like to me…honey badger just don’t care.

there is a carousel in LA that is such a joy to visit. it’s in the middle of a park and catches you by surprise when you find it. it has been said that walt disney would often visit this carousel with his children and may have even come up with the concept of disneyland because of it. it reminded me of how happy i was in paris (remember this video with the merry-go-round?!) which led me directly to this vintage parisian map.

it also became very apparent how drawn to type & signage i am. in the video above, you will see that we snuck up to the top of the roosevelt hotel to capture the epic footage of that huge sign! although much different, i liked this neon “open” sign print…so quiet and welcoming. i can see this going in our entryway…(remember how you can envision your art picks on your wall here!)

now it’s your turn. think about the art you love and the stories behind them. do you have any special discoveries lately? -bri

video by: modshift for designlovefest
this post was a partnership with art.com


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    Anni says:

    Bri, I love this post so much.

    It’s something I think about all the time, because art is everywhere. I love the simplicity of the old Chicago signs that are still on our skyway, the Garfield Park Conservatory, etc. I love the sleekness of the buildings, the street art, the grafitti, the community gardens and community art projects.

    Michelle says:

    Love the song in the vid!!! Music is way important as a designer, especially when you’ve got a good groove going! PS obsessed with your last style post, so so sooo damn good.

    Marisa says:

    That was a great video Bri! I love nostalgia and the fun of finding things you love. Definitely has me jonesing for an art date with my husband. I also wanted to share a date day we had last year that resulted in a purchase we love to awe over again and again. Last year, my husband and I were not married yet (he was planning on it, he had already asked my family without me knowing), we had just finished spending three months together in the states (trying “us” out) and we had gone to his homeland, New Zealand, to surprise his mother for her 60th birthday. While out driving around in Takaka on our way to Wharariki beach, we came across this gorgeous gallery that had a wonderful showing of small pieces by many famous New Zealand artists including one of my husband’s favorite artists, Dean Raybould. The gallery owner pulled a few of Dean’s other pieces out from the back including one where the artist had painted a ukulele with the iconic rock at Wharariki, huia birds and clever double entendres all over. Little did I know, an hour after we had left that shop, Heath would get on his knees at the beach and ask me to marry him. With a resounding YES, we joyfully made our way back into Takaka to buy the ukulele. The owner, without any push from us, called the artist up to ask if he might give us some money off and when she told him we had just gotten engaged, he invited us to his house for a cup of tea! 5 minutes later, we were in his kitchen with him, his wife, his daughter, twin boys and who knows how many cats! We had an absolutely wonderful chat for about 2 hours before we made our way back to Nelson. It was an absolutely incredible day and as art lover, I thought you would like our story. Happy Wednesday!

    Cute! I really liked the glimpse of the modern art equation hehe.

    Love the video and the music. I guess my artistic side is often drawn towards diagrams and instructions. I recently bought a platter printed with diagrams of old wine bottle openers and descriptions of each part. Maps are also wonderful in their detail.

    Alix says:

    I LOVE THAT VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think that blogging and instagram has made me even more “visually aware”. I’ve always been a visual person but I have to say that I now really celebrate those little things….typography, a colorful doorway, old signage, even little flowers growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk. I think I lean towards color and things that seem to “tell a story”.

    That video makes me super excited for BlogShopVID!!!

    Jaclyn says:

    That’s such a good idea for a little trip to take. LA has so many great places for inspiration. I always love sitting in the open air foyer at LACMA just people watching and taking in the design. Lately I’ve fallen in love with large-scaled photos of water or skylines, but for inspiration I love getting above the city and overlooking nature and the city. Griffith Observatory will always be the place that tops my list for memorable moments, sneaking in a few drinks and something sweet to snack on while overlooking the hills has to be one of my favorite date options too.

    Mary says:

    HOLA from Uruguay!
    I love this post so much, the video was great, Love the song!!!the street art, the grafitti…so cute!

    Kerry Grolle says:

    Bri – so fun! Would you be willing to list some/all of the places you were in the video? I am heading down next weekend for an event and am hoping to see some sights before I have to head home. Thanks!

    akiko says:

    I just discovered your blog and really enjoyed reading many of your contents! As an freelance illustrator myself, Advise posts (like previous one) are so useful and great to know. I’m so glad to discover your blog and would love to attend blogshop someday here in LA (so bummed video class already sold out..) xo akiko
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    Sarah says:

    You can totally tell you were super inspired when writing this post. so awesome. I’m going to try to get out and take picture of my fav art…even if my kids are in tow lol

    – Sarah

    Kimberly says:

    I love this post, especially the video. It is so easy to get dragged into the day to day and forget to take a look around and just be inspired so thank you for reminding me to pull my eyes from the computer once in awhile.

    While it’s maybe not ‘art,’ lately I have been inspired by vintage Swiss Army stuff – especially the maps which are printed in great colors. The Swiss have a special talent when it comes to designing utilitarian things and seem to add nice little touches of craftsmanship (and the awesome red cross 🙂 no matter how small the item. It’s a good reminder that even if something is primarily functional it can still be lovely to look at.

    Elly says:

    I found one of my favorite artist when I was wandering the streets of barcelona. there is street art everywhere but there was one that stood out. It was a face of an old man. I tried to find out who did it but I could´t read the tag. 2 years later I visited Hamburg and went to an art exhibition there. One of the artists had a very similar style than the street art I fell in love with 2 year before. I asked him if he did it but he told me no. But he said there is one guy, christian guemy, who has a very similar style. And so I found him on the Internet. I´ve been a fan of his work ever since and he became pretty famous in the last couple of years.


    Joanna says:

    Discovering new artists is the best! I’ve always been a visual person who finds art and inspiration in the everyday and the ordinary. Pinterest, going for walks/taking photos and visiting galleries are my usual go-to sources these days 🙂

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