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THE 100 DAYS PROJECT 2017

This is my second #100daysproject and the first one that I did completely alone, meaning I didn’t have mG doing it alongside me. “-(    It was NOT easy. It presented all sorts of practical and technical challenges because of the amount of traveling I’ve done in just the last 100 days! But it was worth it. I made a small drawing every day for the last hundred days, sometimes in watercolours, sometimes in gouache, acrylic, pencil, ink, or pastels. Often with just a sharpie and a simple continuous line. For my final piece, I decided to do a watercolour version of an oil painting by Matisse that I fell in love with at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Challenging, but still! Now I think I’ll try it in oils . . . .

Initially inspired by a grad school project conceived by Michael Bierut—a prolific, talented designer, writer, and teacher—Elle Luna and a group of friends decided to launch a social media version of the project in 2014.

For years, Michael Bierut led graduate graphic design students at the Yale School of Art in a workshop that he called “The 100 Day Project.” The premise for the class was simple: each student chose one action to repeat every day for 100 days. For example, one student made a poster in under a minute every day for 100 days; another danced in public every day and made a video; another student, Rachel Berger, picked a paint chip out of a bag and responded to it in writing for 100 days.

In 2014, Elle and her friends banded together and decided to share their projects on Instagram, tagging images with #The100DayProject. People of all ages joined in, and it was incredible! Those who participated were empowered by the accountability of doing the project alongside others in a very public way on Instagram.

What could you do with 100 days of making? Who should participate? Anyone. Anyone who is hungry to jump-start their creative practice, who is curious about being part of a community that celebrates process, and those who are busy with work and family commitments, but searching for a bite-sized way to play creatively. Learn more in TGD’s feature on Elle and the 100-Day Project.

And check out Elle Luna’s beautiful art here.

THE GREAT DISCONTENT

#the100daysproject

NOTHING

We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.

#virtuallyNOTHING

MAD CRUSH | BETH DITTO

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IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling | If

Juana Olga Barrios | Maine, 2017

I ♥ BOSTON

Matisse in the Studio | such a great show at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts  ♥

THE THESPIAN

My dramatic little monkey . . . . ♥

THE BIG SICK

Haven’t laughed this hard since those scenes in Waitress on Broadway . . . Two thumbs up!♥

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

The Father Daughter Bond

YASSSSSSSS!

Dirt clods in your eyes

A Love Story

The Paris Review | Flannery O’Connor

Undue Burden  | Trying to Get an Abortion in Louisiana

 

Anja Niemi | The Woman Who Never Existed

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE | ESTHER PEREL

I am a huge admirer, on so many levels, of Esther Perel and her work with couples.

Her book, Mating in Captivity, is a must read for anyone in a long term relationship. In October, she will release her highly anticipated follow-up, The State of Affairs. Can’t wait! Her personal life story, briefly outlined here, makes me fantasize that she will one day write a memoir. Lucky for us she has a brilliant new exciting podcast on Audible which you can listen to here and which I highly recommend. When I was in grad school it was obvious that because of the work I’d been doing for years with adolescents that I would specialize in development psychology with an emphasis in adolescence, but the other contender for my attention was the study of human sexuality. I love her work. She’s fucking brilliant. ENJOY!

THE BRITISH ARE COMING! THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

Oh what a different response so many of us would have today if this were true!

While this dramatic statement is often attributed to Paul Revere, it isn’t accurate. Revere never shouted the legendary phrase as he passed from town to town. The operation was meant to be conducted as discreetly as possible since scores of British troops were hiding out in the Massachusetts countryside. Nonetheless, the crowd hovering by his gravesite today was  quite substantial in size. The Granary Burying Ground here in Boston was filled with tourists this morning. Samuel Adams and John Hancock are also buried here so it was a veritable Declaration of Independence party of respect and remembrance.