The Minimalist Mindset

Posted on 07 September 2012

As back to school time approaches, we begin to feel the stress of that faster paced life again. The slower calm of summertime starts to wear off and we switch our focus to the things we must get done. It’s all about balance; balancing your professional and personal lives and maintaining energy and motivation. The operative word here is balance.   [caption id="attachment_2485" align="aligncenter" width="555" caption="Click image to see more of Lisa Schafer's artwork"][/caption]   Sometimes the best way to reduce the hectic-ness in our lives is to simplify and de-clutter. A simplified space can lead to a simplified mind. Back in college before I could study I always cleaned the room I planned to work in. Clear space = clear mind. [caption id="attachment_2487" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Click image to see more of Tom Owen's artwork"][/caption]   Minimal design is about simplicity. De-cluttering is essential to creating a rejuvenating and empowering space. Proper use of clean lines and negative space will help your room “breathe” and feel more spacious. Through use of color or texture, as well as showcasing a few of your favorite works of art will develop a personality that reflects your own… and actually bring more deserved attention to the pieces you love! [caption id="attachment_2488" align="aligncenter" width="364" caption="Click image to see more of Tom Owen's artwork"][/caption]   Feng Shui Designer, and a dear friend of mine, Cyd Alper explains the importance of purging the old to make way for new and positive energy… “Feng Shui de-cluttering is the pinnacle of clearing the space to allow all the Positive energy into your home and office.Old, broken and even second hand lends itself to negative energy and is stored as such, think of a dirty pair of socks after a really sweaty work out, left in the bottom of the closet....it creates an unpleasant odor and atmosphere...hence negative energy. So unpleasant and so not needed in your Sacred Space!   [caption id="attachment_2486" align="aligncenter" width="529" caption="Artwork by John Landsiedel"][/caption]   Anything that has had its 'turn' should be discarded, either given to Good Will or donated, allowing someone else wardship of that item and clearing your space for new. Clearing unwanted energy is very easy and the payoff is enormous.”   [caption id="attachment_2489" align="aligncenter" width="585" caption="Click image to see more of Tom Owen's artwork"][/caption]   Artist Tom Owen creates awesome and interesting minimal encaustics. Photographs of his artwork do not do them justice. With the waxy medium he scrapes and layers in beautiful textures and shapes with little surprises of color. His compositions are refreshing and many of his pieces incorporate additional mediums such as bits of paper and pastels.   [caption id="attachment_2484" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Click image to see more of Tom Owen's artwork"][/caption]   The truth is, sometimes less is more.  At times you begin to feel overwhelmed by all the “stuff” around you…especially when you are managing a busy schedule. Shouldn’t you have a space that is restful and peaceful? Try shedding stress by ridding yourself of the unnecessary little things and create a place you can unwind and clear your head. Everyone deserves a “Sacred Space.”

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Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.

 

 

 

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