Some of these links will improve your creativity; some will improve your life.
Things to try. Things to remember.
Beautiful things to look at. Creative solutions. Interesting journeys. And a possible assignment for you.
- Free quilt block of the month patterns.
- Awesome journal pages.
- These abandoned buildings break my heart.
- Artwork doesn’t have to be large to be impactful.
- Searching for happiness in a book.
- How one college is addressing systemic inequality in its curriculum.
- Maybe more than you ever wanted to know about folk dancing’s fascinating history as a social movement. Keep scrolling down–there are a bunch of cool dance videos.
- An artist’s watercolor journey.
- Beautiful photography on this Instagram account.
- It’s interesting to watch this sketch artist’s process.
- When I was in college, I had a roommate who decorated envelopes. When I transferred to a different school, I was the recipient of letters from her in those beautiful envelopes. Who can you think of who would be blessed by a handwritten letter in a hand-decorated envelope? Maybe you could do that this weekend. . .
- A photographer discusses a favorite photo.
This is an art-heavy edition.
It’s the beginning of a new era. Hallelujah!
A dozen articles to inspire you this weekend.
I much prefer these uplifting, creative articles to the news these days.
Today’s prompt is Beauty in Chaos. I opted to do the creative exercise.
brand new paint set
just joy and delight
comparing the matte color on the tray
with what it looks like on the paper
blended with water
different kinds of strokes
swirls and dots
a crescent of red
tendrils of blue and green
orange made pastel with white
squiggles and lines
nothing thought out
just the pleasure of getting to know the paints
Some interesting stuff; some funny stuff; some deep stuff.
- This one’s a little hard to look at. A sculptor made prosthetic masks for soldiers disfigured in World War I.
- Can you stand any more Covid-19 jokes?
- Many variations on the tangle Printemps.
- How to machine-quilt a border with an S-curve ruler.
- A prayer from 1968 that is so timely today.
- Do you have books you read and reread multiple times? Me, too.
- What if they had texting in Medieval times?
- The truth about Meissen porcelain.
- A professional watercolorist’s life.
- Spiritual director Marsha Crockett’s journal provides guided meditations and contemplative helps. You can also follow her on Instagram.
- One of my favorite artists painted a lovely portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and paired it with a poetic tribute.
- I’ve read some of these books (and they were great) and seen rave reviews of others. Anyway, if you don’t know what to read next, maybe pick something off this list.