Sometimes, we just need to make (or view) art that makes us happy.

No rhyme or reason. No hidden meaning or multitude of deep layers. Just pretty, simple, understated things. Art that makes us happy, that makes us smile and forget what a mess the world is right now.

Lately, I’ve been having a bit of an existential crisis. Maybe because my 30s are almost behind me but mentally I still feel 25. Maybe because I’ve been focusing so much on building my art business that, when things are progressing slower than I’d like, I feel like an utter failure. Maybe just because I’m tired and need a break.

I think that’s why I am ridiculously excited for the new Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. It looks so refreshingly bright, and simple, and colorful. It reminds me of childhood and a world full of imagination and possibilities. So, during a particularly rough evening where my mental health was, well, less than stellar, I decided to sketch Margot as Barbie. Then I liked the sketch so much that I finished it. Simply because it brought a smile to my face.

Have you done or seen something that makes you smile today? For no reason than to make yourself happy? 

No? Then what are you waiting for? :)

Portrait of Margot Robbie in her role as Barbie

Art that makes us happy: Margot Robbie as Barbie, wearing a pink checked sundress and wide-brimmed hat, and seashell jewelry.

Margot Robbie as Barbie. A prime example of art that can make us happy.