'A' for Art

We Are Art

I’m part of a group of 25 bloggers that are partnering with Art.com. We met up with their team in San Francisco last month, and we were all impressed with their new video (below). It’s pretty amazing.

(That kiss!)

Everyone in attendance chose a piece of art that they loved beforehand. I (coincidentally) chose something by Eisenstaedt, the same photographer that took the famous photo of the sailor and nurse kissing.

Uniformed Drum Major For University of Michigan Marching Band Practicing His High Kicking Prance - Alfred Eisenstaedt
Uniformed Drum Major For University of Michigan Marching Band Practicing His High Kicking Prance – Alfred Eisenstaedt

Each of our pieces were hung, gallery-style, in the San Francisco space of The Bold Italic. We took turns standing up to discuss why we chose what we did and I’m sure I gushed and stammered on when it was my turn, but the gist of it was that I love Eisenstaedt’s Drum Major photo because it makes me happy. It’s pure joy! I don’t know if that prancing drum major could exist in the same way today, but in that moment, those kids behind him think he’s the coolest person alive. I have a huge framed print of it coming my way, and I think it will go upstairs, near our bedrooms. I feel like that kind of joy needs to be around all of us.

Art.com just launched a major redesign, and we were able to discuss the changes they’ve implemented when we met with their team in San Francisco. Had you been on the old version of the site before? It was fine if you already knew what you wanted to find (they boast the world’s largest selection of art), but it wasn’t easy to browse and it wasn’t much to look at. The new site is gorgeous, and it’s set up for exploring and finding new art. I especially love the curated collections. I’m creating a gallery (you can too), and I’ll be sure to share it with you when it’s ready. Until then, I’m having fun adding to my virtual collection.

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  • Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet
    July 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I LOVE that photo! Where can I get a print of it?

  • LeAnn
    July 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Are you going to be showing us your mini makeover of your bedroom soon?

    • Making it Lovely
      July 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Yes! Next week, probably. I’m about to head out of town (again).

  • Eva
    July 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I know what you mean about needing something joyous around. We have been going through a stressful time and I have been rearranging the house so that only really heart lifting beautiful things are around us. Then when things are getting to me I can just look at something near me that is beautiful, take a breath and remind myself that I am so very lucky really.
    Thanks for a great lecture today and I love what you do.

  • Janel
    July 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    (Relatively) recent U of M Marching Band alum here. You may be happy to know that the drum major still wears that hat, and still does the prance during the pregame show, topped off with a backbend so low the feather on top of his hat touches the field. We used to have small children come to our practices every day and imitate what they saw us doing on the field, much like the photo above. We all loved it.

  • Karen
    July 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Great post. P.S. I like the way you handle your sponsored posts. Better than most.

  • nancy
    July 10, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I agree, that photo evokes happiness, and I love it, too. Congrats on being an Art.com recipient! I’m really enjoying your blog. Have a great week.

  • Mary
    July 10, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I just ordered Andy Warhol’s Campbell’Soup Can. It’s a Christmas gift for my daughter. When she was young, I was a single mom who worked & used the crock pot. A Lot! And I always had to add Cream of Mushroom soup to whatever meat I was cooking. Needless to say, now she can’t stand Cream of Mushroom Soup. So that’s the one I ordered for her.
    I hope it reminds her of how far she’s come. She now an underwriter for a major mortgage company.

    • Making it Lovely
      July 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I love when an art choice has a story to it, and yours is an excellent story. I hope your daughter likes her Cream of Mushroom Soup!

  • Audrey - This Little Street
    July 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

    love the video too – they did an amazing job! I felt like I was right there, watching that kiss :) Looking forward to seeing more from art.com

  • Kristín
    July 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    wow, love that picture!
    This one is also pretty amazing: http://www.art.com/products/p14007325-sa-i2829327/alfred-eisenstaedt-wide-range-of-facial-expressions-on-children-at-puppet-show-the-moment-the-dragon-is-slain.htm?sorig=cat&sorigid=0&dimvals=5006354&ui=63f926827a5d40568d4bf220ee7703ed

    I ordered from them some years ago (they ship to Iceland, hooray!) and I think I’ll have to do it again now, love the new site!

    • Making it Lovely
      July 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I love that photo too! I almost with with that one.

  • julie
    July 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I’m dying to know about the photo of the cat behind you in the last picture. I have that same picture in a small necklace that I bought off etsy, but I’m DYING to have it in a larger photo.

    Does anyone know who the photographer is or where I could find it?

  • laura parke
    July 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    i was just perusing art.com earlier this week and i landed on that same photograph with the marching band leader. i so agree that we should all surround ourselves with that kind of joy. great pick, nicole! i love it!

  • Holly
    July 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I don’t know how that photo couldn’t make you smile – you’re so right about that! It really reminds you to enjoy the simple things in life. I enjoyed your recap on how you arrived with this gig and what Art.com is doing to revamp their site – thanks for the background. I have browsed Art.com in the past but I haven’t been on in quite some time, so now I’m curious to check it out and see how their new site is working.

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