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You may not be able to visit these museums in person right now, but you can always visit online. In celebration of International Museums Day on May 18, Writer’s Relief has rounded up a list of museums sure to delight every literary aficionado!
- The National Endowment of the Arts has a list of museums for literary lovers.
- Literary America at the American Writers Museum website offers an interactive map to locate literary landmarks near you!
- Book Riot provides an interesting selection of American author museums.
- Conde Nast Traveler contains a gallery of seven famous authors’ homes you can visit.
- For kids (or the kid in you!), Fatherly lists six museums dedicated to Dr. Seuss and other authors of children’s literature.
Grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and start touring these literary-themed museums today!
Beauty is truth, truth beauty ~John Keats
- See if you can say these tongue-twisters.
- Watercolor lesson.
- Tour the world’s great art museums—on your computer.
- What good is hope?
- A brief virtual tour of Poland, including vampire lore and a dragon.
- Scary tattoos.
- Beautiful watercolor paintings.
- I am jealous that Frances has made major progress sorting her quilting fabrics.
- Kids are so profound.
- I love this artist’s sketches.
- What San Francisco looks like under virtual lockdown.
- Pompei through the eyes of an artist.
Our last collection of curated inspiration for 2019:
- Photographs of balloons.
- Beautiful architecture in Lyon, France.
- A designer talks about a chair.
- What the UPS guy was really doing when he should have been delivering my packages.
- When dancing on the walls, watch out for the windows.
- Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a random stimulus. This condition can lead people to assign human characteristics to objects. Here’s what an pareidolic artist does when he sees faces in inanimate objects.
- If you haven’t had enough Christmas yet, here’s a lovely Christmas quilt.
- The Brownings and others muse on artistic integrity.
- This museum is on my bucket list.
- A children’s book illustrator describes her path and her process.
- So far I’ve never found a podcast that I actually wanted to follow. Maybe one of these recommendations will inspire me.
- 1960s architecture in Brasilia.
Happy to provide your weekend inspiration. You’re welcome.
- Recipe for watercolor.
- Summer reading list.
- The case for a limited palette.
- Joan Miro at MOMA.
- Botany is stranger than fiction. A plant that looks like a hummingbird.
- Zentangles on a fatherly theme.
- His boss’ retirement and an illness made him homeless. His art saved his life.
- Illustrator Danny Beck’s journey.
- Three-dimensional murals.
- Gorgeous quilts! Be sure to scroll all the way down, because all are amazing.
- Author George Saunders talks about writing.
- In praise of child-made toys.
Wow! A varied offering this week.
- Wonderful street art.
- A sculptor discusses pre-Columbian gold objects.
- Pretty baby scrap quilts.
- An illustrator’s process.
- Terminally cute animal photos.
- Wonderful tangles.
- Sketching at Starbucks.
- Tips to help students study successfully.
- What to buy for the bookworms on your Christmas list.
- For the Stan Lee fans.
- Daring sculptures celebrating gestation.
- The Boss is coming to Netflix! (Is it just me, or has his voice gotten a lot raspier?)
These will knock your socks off:
- Is photo enhancement a bad thing?
- Quilters, do you know which quilting tools will not make it through airport security?
- 100 classic novels. I’ve read 46% of these, and more are on my TBR list.
- Just for fun: art mash-ups.
- Gorgeous street art.
- Really teeny quilts you can make yourself and wear as a pin.
- Variations on a zentangle theme.
- Short summaries of 100 podcast episodes. Chose the ones you want to listen to.
- For my fellow museum nerds.
- Yes, this is the kind of storm we get in Arizona.
- How to take notes like Leonardo da Vinci.
- Large-scale, highly-detailed pen-and-ink landscapes.
Beauty to inspire your own creations:
- Read what Reece Witherspoon is reading.
- Origami like you’ve never seen it before.
- Traveling in Segovia, Spain.
- My favorite spot on earth—The Cloisters.
- What to see at Yosemite.
- Watercolor basics and special effects.
- The power of music.
- Quilt eye candy.
- Pretty soon we’ll be remodeling our kitchen, so I was tickled to see Suhita Shirodkar’s sketches of the demolition of her kitchen.
- What is the essential requirement of creation?
- Who determines the value of art?
- Breathtaking sculpture.
A dozen articles to quench your creative thirst.
- Where the animals dine.
- Pretty rocks.
- Lots of beautiful quilts and links to free patterns.
- If you love to make fun of the Bee Gees, you’ll love this. Since I LOVE the Bee Gees, it sent me to YouTube for a Bee Gee mix fix.
- Awesome tangles!
- Brazilian murals.
- Inside the Natural History Museum in New York City.
- If Star Wars fans designed insects.
- These charcoal drawings remind me of the volcanic eruptions happening in Hawaii right now.
- I’ll bet you don’t know this about one of the US’s most famous dance troupes.
- What Goethe, Thoreau, Margaret Mead, Virginia Woolf, and others say about blue.
- For Sherlock Holmes fans.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. ~John Keats
- I’m not sure these balls are actually embroidered. I think at least some of them are very expertly wrapped with threads.
- An open-air museum in Japan.
- Prize-winning birth photos. These made me cry. Warning: nudity.
- I love watching cranes—they’re so graceful.
- How to encourage your children to be creative.
- Do you travel? Do you take photographs when you’re out of town? Enter this contest.
- Amazing tangles.
- Photographs by Linda McCartney.
- Ancient technology.
- Amazing quilts.
- I’m a sucker for a kid who can dance like Michael Jackson.
- Ice cream cones as art.