Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world …

… I feel like I want to be surrounded by it all.

It’s a constant battle trying to find the right balance between not weighing yourself down with too much ‘stuff’, wishing to support the wonderful work of so many talented artists, and also the desire to be surrounded by beautiful things … I suspect it’s a battle that I’m not yet winning … and for the moment at least, I think I’m OK with that.

Continuing on with my art diversion this week, I know I’ve already told you about my love of Kurt Halsey’s work … and look, he has released a lovely little mini-book based around the theme of love … awww! (he’s also recently released the second title in his mini-book series, but let’s pretend I don’t actually know about that shall we?).

His work is joyful and sweet, and sits on just the right side of ‘cute’ … Best of all though, I like that if I look at his art in just the right way, I can see echoes of myself in some of the characters he creates. That always feels very special, and perhaps that’s part of the reason why I love it so.

How about you? Do you struggle with that appreciation vs ownership battle too?


  1. bobbi

    I have lost that battle a long time ago. The only thing that keeps me away from getting too much stuff is that I have little money. I don’t consider myself a consumerist because i don’t need to buy things just out of frustration, but i buy for passion. Art books are one of my many passions and they are very expensive sometimes. But i believe in Santa. So i won’t have to buy any this year, because Santa will for me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Thank goodness I’m not alone in ‘winning’ this ‘losing’ battle about ownership vs appreciation … like you I think the biggest limitation to my accumulation of pretty things is needing more $$.
      I’m not overly materialistic either, but I do know what I like and I really love to support ethical designers and people making things from hand.

      Your passion for art books sounds like my photographic book obsession … they can be so big (and yes, so expensive).
      I have absolutely no doubt that Santa will look after you with lots of lovely presents this year!! 😀


  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    I love that Kurt Halsey stuff! It is a struggle but there are always art gallerys and museums (I know, it is not the same – they always make me a bit depressed because I’d love to have those paintings in my house – haha).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Kurt Halsey produces such lovely art … and I love the light touch he gives his work and his characters. You’re right in taking comfort that one can always visit art galleries and museums to soak up some artistic loveliness … I think I need to get a bit better at that … not that I’m buying anything THAT expensive for my walls! 😉

      Perhaps an art gallery / museum that rents out beautifully appointed rooms would be the solution for me? 😉

  3. Mel

    That’s very beautiful 🙂

    (And yes, I make my own Christmas cards!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Thanks as ever for your lovely thoughts (and visit).
      How wonderful that you make your own Christmas cards … I had so much fun making some this year I really should make a habit of it! 🙂

  4. Lyne Marshall artist and author

    Hi This is an interesting topic. Yesterday I visited The World of Art at GOMA, my local art Musuem in brisbane,Queensland. I think creativity is all about inspiration and working from an unconscious level but also having belief in yourself. Mind you I wouldn’t have wanted to own most of what I saw in the whole museum. I do love creative spirit and write about it on my blog and in my books on artistic process on and

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lyne – Oh yes, GOMA is one of my local art museums too (I’m based in Brisbane). It’s a lovely place to visit.
      I know what you mean about appreciating the art you saw there, but not necessarily wanting to own it … sometimes art has its place in a place outside of our own.

      Thanks for your visit.

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