A Look Back: Celebrating Art, Humanities and Toulouse-Lautrec

A Look Back: Celebrating Art, Humanities and Toulouse-Lautrec

It’s that time of year when we think about Fall, Halloween and all those we want to remember and celebrate as part of Dia de los Muertos. It just so happens, that September 9 is the day Toulouse-Lautrec left this earth, so I felt it fitting to get this post up today.
 
As I start planning my 2016 Halloween card, I think about my 2009 card, and other handmade Halloween cards. This was part of an exchange but I give additional copies to other people I know. I see these cards as little pieces of art to give away for others to treasure, enjoy and be inspired by. Always choosing a different theme, it is a fun challenge to do research, plan and think about how to execute it with the little elements. It’s always a race to finish.
 

My 2009 Halloween card is a fun celebration of October as Arts and Humanities month and Paris but also a tribute to one of my favorite artists and designers, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Why? Because he was a strong artist and I love his work. More importantly, I love that he was more than one thing to more than one person.

Painter — Designer — Illustrator — Friend — Patron of the Arts


So many people want artists to be “this” or “that.” They look for them to focus on just one subject. However, as creatives we enjoy getting our hands dirty and mingling with others. We enjoy learning new things and unlearning old. As a result, we tend to work with various mediums, subject matters and industries. We are never one thing. We are a sum of our experiences and experiences transcend “the now”. Skills and instruments are like clothes to a traveling salesman — they are tools we keep tucked safely in our suitcase and pull out whenever we need them.

 

So, to my fellow creatives, keep doing what you are doing — this post is dedicated to you and your suitcase.

 

If you would like to learn more about Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec I do recommend the book Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmarte, by Richard Thomson, Phillip Dennis Cate, Mary Weever Chapin, with assistance from Florence E. Coman. I own it and I can say it’s a beautiful informative book with a great selection of his works.

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