“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance,” Oscar Wilde
Hello everybody! A new week another post . It’s valentine’s day week. A day we put aside to celebrate the ones we love, but it did not start out that way. It was quite a dark holiday before the Roman Catholic Church combined it with the martyrdom day of St. Valentine. The holiday then evolved into a sweeter and more romantic themed holiday.
Since we are on the theme of love, the heart comes into play. And only an inspired heart can truly give love. I believe arts of all kind speak to the heart the most, be it the art of cooking, painting, music, poetry, photography and many more. For me art (paintings & photography)and music stick out the most. Growing up, every weekend I woke up to music of the likes of Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mc Lyte, Da Brat, Rakim etc. you know, old school hip hop. But that was not my choosing, more like ‘consequences’ of having a brother whose a deejay. In fact, it annoyed me because at that time I didn’t like that type of music. But the constant exposure every weekend (not even exaggerating) made me appreciate the genre and see it as an art because rap is rhythm and poetry. It evokes feelings and thoughts powerful enough to bring change ‘Stay far from timid. Only make moves when ya heart’s in it and live the phrase sky’s the limit,’ Biggie Smalls Sky’s the limit. Today’s rap is…well…
I love art work too from paintings to sculptures, some are so breath taking and inspiring. And here in Kenya we have a lot of talented artists as you will see below. So this valentines, inspire your heart with art. You can either do the typical cookie cutter valentine cliches i.e. flowers, chocolates and dinner, or let it truly come from your heart whatever deed you do or gift you get your loved one. Thoughtful and uniquely designed treats/gifts are the most cherished and remembered. So tell me, what inspires your heart?
Art work (1) & (2) by Elijah Mutua
Art work, Hand of comfort by Nikomambo
Art work by Waweru G
Art work (5) & (6)by Elias Mung’ora
Special thanks to Nduta and all the artists who let me share their beautiful work. Support our own talent
Location- Michael Joseph Centre
Sweatshirt (custom)- SSW by Eric Shimzy
Bag (thrift)- Morphine Generation