I was feeling pretty unmotivated before spending the day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Artswith my friend Amber.  I'm not sure if it was the beginning of the summer heat, or if I just needed to have an encounter with something magnificent?  Whatever it was, I am happy I was feeling it, because it gave me the ability to be completely moved by all the beauty there was to take in. As we walked and talked for literally hours, we marveled at each piece of art as we passed.  We couldn't comprehend how someone had the ability to create such masterpieces, but we were beyond thankful and happy they did.

I was so excited I wanted to run around with my camera documenting everything, but also had to calm myself down, and remind myself to enjoy the moment I was now in.  To take it in –  live it – and capture it through my eyes and my heart, rather my camera lens.

It was witnessing this image of Amber admiring the Portrait of Lydia Schabelsky, Baroness Staël-HolsteinCA. 1857–58 that really spoke to me.  It told me that happiness is having the ability to recognize that being happy – is being right where you are, wherever you are.

Amber admiring the Portrait of Lydia Schabelsky, Baroness Staël-Holstein CA. 1857–58 Franz Xaver Winterhalter German , 1805 - 1873
Amber admiring the Portrait of Lydia Schabelsky, Baroness Staël-Holstein CA. 1857–58 Franz Xaver Winterhalter German , 1805 - 1873

These images are a small percentage of the many artistic pieces that intrigued me during our visit:

 

The VMFA is open 365 days a year, free admission with the exception of revolving paid exhibitions, a permanent collection of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture, a Jazz Café, dining, and a great gift shop too. Learn more here.

Have you been feeling uninspired or unmotivated lately?

Stuck in a creative rut?

Not feeling as appreciative as usual?

Then grab a friend and head to the VMFA

Don't live close by? Then plan your next trip to Richmond here or any local art museum will do.

If you have any recommendations for inspiring places we must see – please comment below! 

We are always interested in learning of new places to visit. 

A tumbleweed soul, with the heart of an oak. Growing roots in Richmond, Virginia.