Day 32: At the Museum

Galleries and museums are my happy place. Their quiet and beauty is sacred to me.  That’s why I particularly enjoy this At the Museum series by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). With no narration, the show simply allows us to be present for the day-to-day activities that go on behind the scenes. I find the gentle pace soothing to my soul, especially right now. I hope you do too.

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 31: It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Here’s what to do next according to Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is an icon in the creative world. In this It’s OK to Feel Overwhelmed interview, she talks about how to face our feelings of anxiety and loneliness and be compassionate with ourselves during this compassionate time.

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 30: What Do Artists Do All Day?

When I first found the What Do Artist’s Do All Day series, I wanted to sit in my chair all day long and watch every single one. Instead, I parsed them out over Sunday mornings, giving myself a chance to really come to know each artist and their unique take on their work.  Today I share with you Shani Rhys James but feel free to travel down an intriguing rabbit hole with the entire series. (Please note: Since I originally watched the series, it seems that music has been removed from some episodes, giving a bit of an odd pacing but certainly still worth watching.)

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 29: Inside ceramicist and artist Joan Gardy-Artigas’ farmhouse studios

I have to share with you that I have watched this video of artist Joan Gardy-Artigas’s farmhouse studios several times. I never get tired of walking through his space with him,  the grounds, the studios, listening to the birds and the grumbling of his voice. I hope you enjoy it too.

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 28: Letters Live – The Read a Letter Campaign

Letters not only allow us to connect with one another but they also capture that connection and that moment in time. Letters Live has been celebrating this medium for years by inviting performers to read letters aloud. Now they are inviting us to be a part of this process with their ‘Read a Letter’ campaign. I’ve shared all the details below and straight afterward you will find a shining example from Shaun Dooley to his children.

Dear Friends,

Hello. I hope this letter finds you in good spirits as we navigate this truly surreal crisis.

Since 2013, we at Letters Live have been inviting performers to bring letters to life in memorable venues around the world. With our ‘Read A Letter’ campaign, we’re opening the stage extremely wide and would love for the world (you!) to share letters to the heroes on the frontline; letters to relatives in need; letters to strangers who have stepped up and made a difference; letters to neighbouring families, streets, towns and countries; letters from teachers to their isolated pupils or to the parents who now find themselves home-schooling; letters to those in power; letters to a population crying out for words of comfort.

You could record yourself reading an important letter you have wanted to send, or a cherished letter you once received. It could be a favourite letter of yours that offers hope in our current crisis or a prescient warning too important to be ignored. It may simply be a favourite letter of yours that may brighten everyone’s day. (I am obliged to say that if you’re not reading your own letter, you must, please, ask the letter writer’s permission.)

So, all you need to do is this:

  • Film yourself reading a letter. Use your phone, just as I am.
  • If you’re camera shy, point your phone at something else while you read: the letter itself, the view from your window, your adorable dog.
  • Before you read the letter, tell us who it’s to and who it’s from, and if you can, tell us why you’ve chosen it.
  • Post the video to Twitter or Instagram or whichever corner of the internet you frequent, remembering to include the hashtag #ReadALetter and tag @letterslive so we can then share your reading. Alternatively, if you don’t use social media, send the clip to read@letterslive.com so we can share the letter for you.
  • Spread the word by nominating another person to write a letter.

That’s it. Thank you in advance for taking part.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay at home.

Yours in isolation,
Benedict, and all at Letters Live

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.

Day 27: In the Studio with Corey D’Augustine ~ How to Paint like Yayoi Kusama

In this wonderful In the Studio series from the Museum of Modern Art, Corey D’Augustine shows how to create paintings in the style of various masters. In this video, he demonstrates the techniques used by Yayoi Kusama to create her infinity net paintings. Corey’s deep knowledge in both art history and practice makes this series a brilliant learning experience on many levels.

On the New Moon, I began a new blog series: 40 Days of Beauty, Goodness & Love, little moments of light to get us through a difficult time. If you get solace, peace and inspiration from this, please share with others who need the same.
PS In the video below, be sure to put on subtitles.