Monday Motivator; Slow down and Look with Artistic eyes

Lisbon subway map

Lisbon subway map

This memory is my Monday motivation. It was taken over 10 years ago on a 14 day trip through Portugal that I took with a friend I met in Austria on a previous adventure.

We started in Faro, the south of Portugal, and leisurely travelled to the north as we stopped at locations, some planned some not, along the way. We only went as far north as Lisbon because 14 days was pressed for time as it was; especially for an architect(my friend) and a curiously passionate history enthusiast(myself).

This photo was taken in a subway station in Lisbon.
Graffiti at its finest.
I want to propose that every city have one or two locations where artists of all skill can freely compose art in an outdoor public place. Of course every project or proposal has guidelines; no profanity, racist connotations, gang tags or ad campaigns, for example. There would also have to be talks of plans on how, and if, to cover costs of materials used. Would it be a free formed slab in a park, on a city building or owners of businesses putting in bids for their location, for example?!

I believe it would be a beautiful addition to every place. In Europe I have seen many areas that have a public place for artists to create. Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris; although I don’t think they were created by just anyone.

Imagine being able to go back to where you painted your first ‘painting’ before realizing how gifted you really are. Or a family vacation revisited of that place your children put their mark, on their terms, during a quiet reflective moment. Inspiration where you least expect it.

This type of project could bring people together who usually wouldn’t meet. It could be a tourist attraction in a place otherwise overlooked. Who knows, maybe this type of mural could become a historical masterpiece after a future Picasso, inventor or President makes their own leisurely marks.

I personally would make it a point to walk by a place like this daily just to people watch and get my fix of a breath of fresh art.
This memory in Portugal has travelled with me through the years. It set a tone for that particular day of slowing down and looking with more artistic eyes.

Would you contribute to an open air piece like this? What would you add? What do you do to slow down?
Is this the next best idea for community awareness, tourism or United Nations?!

Possibly. Regardless of how you look at it, displays like this are a way for people to think differently and look with someone elses eyes as well as show that humans have a common link to each other through art, of all forms.

{If you want to see and here more about Portugal; Visit again to keep an eye out for a post I will write about this 14 day trek}

Have a Mint Moment Monday!

Viewing Nook


This was a great little surprise during an uphill climb on the way to Castle of Sao Jorge in Lisbon, Portugal.
After taking a street car we got off to take in the view, and grab a drink, from this open air restaurant carved from the rock.

I can not take credit for taking this photo; I only staged it and sat for the incredible view of Lisbon and the Tagus River. Thank you for this photo Saskia, my friend, and for a trip I will never forget.

This could very well be my self portrait. Always needing a bit of control and loving photography; I staged how I wanted the photo to look. My shoulders soaking in the sun, hair up, reflecting over a gorgeous view of a journey; as a self-taught, open-minded, gentle, curious woman climbing to find the next treasure of life. All captured by a friend because, although I have introvert tendencies, I need to be surrounded by great people.
(I just pulled that out of my ass but it sounds pretty accurately great!)