For the past few weeks, I have been reading up on yoga and yogic traditions. It's always refreshing to me to brush up my knowledge on the things I embrace in my life. Ever since the move here, I have been inspired to read more, research more, and try new things. It's amazing how certain places or things can inspire us. Anyway, today I stumbled upon this youtube video that was posted by one of my favorite Art History professors.
I really was pleased to see this newly discovered form of art. It took me back to my middle school days of being bored and class and drawing pictures and designs on the edges of my books. Of course, my drawings were not anywhere near as elaborate as these paintings, but I felt like I could relate to those artists. Were these artists so inspired by what they were reading that they felt the need to reward the book with some artwork? Were these artists taking reading breaks from a wondering mind or tired eyes? Or were these artists just poor and in need of some free canvases? Whatever their reasons, no one will ever know why they decided to paint on these specific books. It is interesting to say the least. Books contain such powerful words to help inform, entertain, inspire, or to help us escape our own realities. What a beautiful setting for inspired imagery! This video really makes me wonder what inspires me and why? What inspires you?