Dance Break!

…So I am picking up the theme of my last post, where  I resolved to remain politically aware and active, but I’ve been REALLY feeling it is time to clean up my Facebook feed.

Today’s creative inspiration is brought to you by Dance…the beautiful, unique art form that requires inspiration, choreography, improvisation, discipline, athleticism, and magic to exist.

Earlier this year I started to follow various dance companies, such as Boston Ballet,  Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and Atlanta Ballet. It is such a great surprise to see rehearsal clips and performance announcements on my newsfeed. So much beauty and impressive talent. It is the dance break in my day.

We also have the Academy Awards tomorrow night. Have you seen La La Land yet? I could write a whole post on this movie, the art of musical theatre, etc., etc….but from a dance perspective, the opening number was extraordinary. It was so cool to see dance on/in/around cars. Read more about the choreographer Mandy Moore on this Behind the Scenes post on NPR.

Dance Break!

Much-Needed Inspiration

Peeking out of my Facebook feed, amidst too much real news and politics (it is clearly time to clean up my newsfeed), two stories about street art caught my attention this morning.

Check out Jim Bachor’s pothole mosaics featured on CBS News (just ignore the other news stories while you are there) and the Audubon Mural Project.

How cool are these artists? They each had a vision, and they used their creativity to beautify their cities…and maybe even inspire some contemplation about the world around us.

Love it.

 

The Element of Surprise

My husband and I visited family in Arizona last spring. It was the first time I had travelled so far west in the U.S., and in all our sixteen years of marriage, it was the first time I got to watch him play golf on a golf course.

The course was beautifulSaguaro Cacti, Ocotillothere were so many plants I’d never seen before, it was like visiting a different planet. We also saw a Black Chinned Hummingbird, which was a new bird sighting for us.

I kept my eye out for scorpions, bobcats, and rattle snakes but mostly, I saw bunnies. There were bunnies everywhere. I’d take a few pictures of the game and then look to my right, and there were eight bunnies chomping on grass in the corner.

When we got back from Arizona, I had over ten pictures of bunnies from that day. This one is my favorite and just makes me laugh. I call it “Bunny Bottom.”

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Whether at family gatherings, nature walks, or vacations, I tend to take hundreds of pictures at a time. Later, it is so much fun to click through each picture and find something I never expected to capture.

What has surprised you in your artwork lately?