MASTERPIECE


Skirt: Thrifted 
Shirt: Target
Shoes: Cato's (this season) 
Purse: Vintage (COACH)
Necklace/Earings: Walmart 
Lipstick: Rimmel London Katie 01

"The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.
- Henry S. Hoskins 

I often look at portraits and masterpieces skilfully created and painted by the greats and wonder what was going through their mind. What was the spark inside of them that inspired such beautiful works of art? However, I have only to look at the world around me and see my reflection in the mirror to know exactly what must have been going through the artists mind! Art is brought forth by ideas, by passion, inspiration, the need to fill a void in life and by love of the artist for the art. In order to be art the artist must love it dearly, otherwise he will start over again until it is perfectly as he imagined in his head. Other times the artist might create something that he is not that proud of or different from the norm but he will let the onlookers be the judge. 

Then again, there are times I look at a masterpiece, or so called masterpiece simply because of the name that is scribbled in the bottom corner, and wonder "What was the artist thinking?" There are those works of art that in themselves are bizarre, completely uncaptivating, full of strangely sized people and misproportionate objects. When I look at those works of art, that in my own mind seem completely worthless or void of true talent and mastery, I realize that the artist must have known what he is doing and evidently so if the piece is in a gallery.....it might not be a work that everyone likes, but the artist loves it and there are others that might appreciate it to. 

The thing is, we are just like all of those great and valuable masterpieces that line the walls in museum gallery rooms for all eyes to see. We are masterpieces in and of ourselves. Granted, we might think our lives are a complete mess, that the artist simply mixed all the paint together and threw it on a canvas, but to the artist that mixed up painting was inspired by passion and love. To the artist that piece is a masterpiece and priceless even when others do not always think it is worth looking at. Just because an ancient statue has no arms doesn't mean it is not perfect. Just because a portrait of someone is geometrically out of proportion and oddly ugly doesn't mean the artists didn't see a beautiful work of art in and of itself staring back at him with eyes full of life! You are a masterpiece created by the ultimate creator and most famous and well known artist in the ENTIRE WORLD!! 

You are valuable because of who you are....because of your height, color, size, likes, dislikes, smile, frown, laugh.....everything! The creator of the universe created you out of his favorite colors and blended them to perfection until he captured the image in his mind.....he created you as a work of art because you were inspired by his passion and abounding love! You are part of a life long masterpiece being painted in the timeline of existence every day.....the signature on your life is all that matters and is all that should ever define you! The colors of your painting, the size of your figure, the expression that tells who you are......those are not what defines your masterpiece, it is the artist behind it! Therefore, live life knowing you are one of a kind....you are valuable.....you are treasured......and your life is a work of art because the artist painted it with love. 

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Well that sure turned out to be a bit long, but it was soooooooooooo worth it! I had those words floating around in my head all this week and I couldn't wait to get them down into sentences. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago over my spring break. You might remember me talking about visiting the art museum and that is where these were taken! This day was actually the maiden voyage of my 50mm 1.8 camera lens and boy did it make all the difference when capturing these images inside.:) 

This day was such fun, spending it with two of my dear friends (pictures above), my mom, and my sister. It had been around 7 years since I had visited the art museum and it was so lovely going back and basking in the portraits and paintings of all the great artists! 

Of course, knowing that I would be visiting the art museum meant I was brainstorming for a week on what ensemble I should wear. Therefore, since the art museum is located in the elegant and high end portion of the museum district of the city (Houston) I thought it was the perfect occasion to embrace my inner chic city fashionista with a simple and classic look inspired by life in the uptown part of the city. I chose to pair my midi classic pleated black skirt with an even more classic white and black/grey striped quarter length shirt. To complete the look I chose to wear my tan pointed toe sued ankle buckle shoes and my vintage coach purse. All in all I loved how the look came together and it went so well with all of the paintings :) 

What are your thoughts on your life being a masterpiece? 
Have you ever been to an art museum? 
What would you wear to an art museum? 

-Madison


18 comments

  1. Your outfit is lovely. I would definitely wear it!

    Sarah
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  2. Museums are lovely places for photoshoots! Your outfit is very stylish and classy.

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    1. Thank you Ashley! I couldn't agree more.
      -Madison

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  3. You are always so stylish, chic, and classy!!!

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    1. Oh Grace, you are to sweet:)
      -Madison

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  4. OKay but seriously- you're too perfect.
    ALSO it's so neat i'm not the only person that saw those target tops and though 1950s!

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    1. Oh Abigail you are to sweet:) striped quarter sleeve shirts are my favorite and soooo 1950's! Glad you like them too.
      -Madison

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  5. I love that second picture of you looking at the painting, with your back to the camera. It is as if you are a part of it! And your outfit is simply lovely.

    I went to our local Art Museum with my family and some friends for a fashion exhibit not too long ago. It was so peaceful there, and really made me ponder what our definition of "high fashion" is. It is like what you explained above about each of us being a masterpiece in God's eyes. Fashion is a way that we communicate who God has made us to be, it is a way that we represent ourselves, and Him in us.

    Blessings,

    Brigid

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    1. OH, that fashion exhibition sounds fabulous! I love what you said about fashion being a way of expression who God made us to be....that is soooo true:) Thank you for sharing that Brigid!
      -Madison

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  6. Eloquent, insightful words, sweet Madison. Thank you for this inspiring post and for sharing your timelessly pretty outfit with us.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Awe, thank you Jessica! Glad I got to share it on the blog:)
      -Madison

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  7. Your hair reminds of the movie The Notebook. I loved that era. It was classy and regal. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding and my friend has our pictures take at the art institute of Detroit. It was beautiful! These are lovely pictures.

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    1. Thank you Crystal! You are right about the hair...I haven't thought about that but that era is a fave of mine too! Those bridesmaid pictures sound like perfection!!
      -Madison

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  8. Your hair reminds of the movie The Notebook. I loved that era. It was classy and regal. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding and my friend has our pictures take at the art institute of Detroit. It was beautiful! These are lovely pictures.

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