Inspiration! Roundup: Venus With a Smoothie, 100 Rejections, Elizabeth Cotten, and More!

A roundup of inspirational things, including Rodrigo Pinheiro's art, Elizabeth Cotten's guitar playing, Anais Nin, 100 Rejections, and a solstice clock.
This Week's "I wan to go to there": Somewhere a little weird.
Photo by Lava Lavanda.

Familiar Faces

Artist Rodrigo Pinheiro has taken classic paintings and mashed them up with some modern photography for a pretty fun twist. Honestly, looking through his Instagram, I don't love a lot of it - there's a lot of "let's use naked ladies but cover up their faces and it's art" kind of thing that loses me when I realize that's basically all you do. But there are some real gems in there, including Vincent, Lisa, and that girl with pearl earrings. And, of course, Venus:

100 Rejections

I just came across the 100 Rejection Letter Challenge, and I love it. It's not the first time I've heard of the concept of making failure into your goal, but it is the first time I thought of it in this particular way. This one is geared towards writers pitching to magazines and publishers (perfect for me), but what rejections can you rack up?

Create From the Excess

You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.
-Anais Nin

I love this notion of creation coming from the excess. This means that in order to create, we must take care of ourselves. We must fill ourselves up with inspiration, love, food, longing, and everything else. We must be full so that our creativity can overflow.

It also means that the fact that I am full of SO MANY FEELINGS, ALL THE TIME might be a good thing!

Elizabeth Cotten's Guitar

"I taught myself how to play, no one helped me. And I give myself credit for everything you hear me play."

That Feeling

that feeling. that you can not name.
that. is your heart. growing.
– Nayyirah Waheed


I realize that sharing this is basically product placement, but whatever, I really like it. It's a beautiful wooden clock that expands and contracts throughout the day, created by Animaro Designs.

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