How to be Inspired and Channel your Inner Artist

Posted by martin.parnell |

According to the National Day Calendar, January 31st is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. Art is valued and appreciated for all sorts of reasons. Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or laughter can remain with us for a lifetime. Your Heart with Art Day encourages us to explore the many genres of art and let them inspire us. This is a time to ponder how art affects your heart. 

I know there are certain pieces of music that can make me want to get up and dance and others that can bring tears to my eyes. Some tunes remind me of my youth and others of people I’ve known. There are many books, both fiction and non- fiction that have had a profound effect on me. I enjoy visiting museums and art galleries where I’m often intrigued by some of the pieces that qualify as art. 

It’s good to try new things and so, on my last trip to Cuba I took my wife to the National Ballet to see their rendition of Don Quixote – it was a wonderful performance. I was amazed at the strength and athleticism of the dancers. I would definitely go to another ballet. 

I love to listen to Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer, Andrea Bocelli. Celine Dion has said that "If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea," and record producer, David Foster, often describes Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world. I was lucky enough to see Andrea Bocelli, in a one-night-only concert, in Las Vegas and both my wife and I were greatly moved by his magnificent voice. I’ve never been to an opera, but intend to do so in the near future. 

The calendar makes suggestions as to how we might observe this National day:

  • Visit an art gallery.
  • Read a good book.
  • Listen to music.
  • Attend a ballet performance
  • Start your masterpiece.
  • Teach someone how to play an instrument.
  • Attend an art lecture.
  • Explore a new technique.
  • See an inspirational film.
  • Share your art with others.  

You may not get around to doing most of these on January 31st. but maybe you could put some of them on your “to do” list for the coming year. You might even consider creating your own piece of art, alone or with a friend or family member. In the words of essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every artist was first an amateur”

About the Author

Martin Parnell is the Best-Selling author of MARATHON QUEST and RUNNING TO THE EDGE and his final book in the Marathon Trilogy, THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport, was released on October 30th 2018. He speaks on having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Your Full Potential” and has written for, or been covered by CNNBBCCBCThe Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Runners World, Men’s Journal, Canadian Business, and Maclean’s.

In a five year period, from 2010 to 2014, Martin completed 10 extreme endurance “Quests” including running 250 marathons in one year and raising $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. In 2016 he ran the Marathon of Afghanistan in support of Afghan women and girls running for equality. Find out more about Martin at  and see what he can do for you in the long run.

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