Friday, February 28, 2014

One Inspiration Begets Another

Last week I posted about the Worldwide Phenomenon inspired by Pharrell Williams' song "Happy."
Now, in the hopes of inspiring support for Ukranian protesters, Polish filmmakers Gosia Molska and Leszek Molski have taken Pharrell's 'Brain Child' a step further. They've created a music video that contrasts joyful moments with the brutal reality of what's been happening in Kiev.
From YouTube - Published on Feb 8, 2014
"We spend the early 2014 together with the protesters in Kyiv on the Maidan barricades. During those emotional days we were shooting a film inspired by the 'Happy' video by Pharrell Williams.

But can Ukraine say it‚ 'Happy' today?  What do Ukrainians need to feel happy?

Watch our video
." Gosia and Leszek from Poland.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Philosophy for a Happy Life: Sam Berns

I'm still in my funk ... sort of ... at least I'm posting something for the first time in a week ... and I did pick up a book the other day (that I've had for several years) called Praying In Color which them prompted me to pick up colored markers and pencils and begin to Doodle/Pray.

I still need to add some finishing touches but here's my newest Doodle ...

I recently subscribed to Evolution Ezine and in today's email (with subject line of Most Important Time in History) I discovered a number of fascinating stories. One in particular was extremely moving and compelled me to share it ... There is a video but I couldn't get myself to share that ...

My Philosophy for a Happy Life: Sam Berns

Here's a brief summary ...

" ... Sam left this world on Friday, January 10, 2014 due to complications from his rare genetic disease, according to the Progeria Research Foundation. He was 17.  He lived a happy life. ”All in all, I don’t waste energy feeling bad for myself,” he said. “I surround myself with people that I want to be with. And I keep moving forward ...”

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Get Your "Happy" On

What is it about a certain tune that can infect men, women, children ... of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors ... all cultures  ...all everything ... to totally Let Go and just Jam Out to the music?

I don't know ... but Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack has done just that ... (I'm embarrassed to admit that even with a 5 year old granddaughter, I hadn't ever heard of the song or Pharrell Williams.) ... 

Anyway, when I saw the headline below I knew I had to check it out ... The word Happy pales in comparison to the effect this song is having on people around the world ...

Check out this great MSN video - Pharrell Williams' "Happy" video spawns global copycats

 Official Music Video for "Happy"


Now here's the ultimate mind-blower - - The World's First 24 Hour Music Video - - Yep you read it right ... 24 hours of people putting on their "Happy" ... You have got to check it out !!!! 

Is your foot tapping? Head bobbing? Body swaying?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Divine heART

I found another "Gem" the other day while cleaning out my computer files. It definitely is in keeping with the theme of recent days ...  It had never been given a title so I think I'll call it Divine heART ...

"heARTs of Spring" Original Watercolor by Susan Schanerman

There is a higher power 
of which we are all a part 
it's difficult to describe it 
but it comes directly through the heart

Creative expression is its voice
whether using music, words or art 
the expression is the sacred sense 
the language of the heart

There's art in every heart
and no matter what you see
the art that sometimes tries to hide 
is the divine in you and me

© Susan Schanerman 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Divine Artist Within

After creating the post "Epiphanies ... Rainbows ... And More" the other day (Sat. 2/15/14) I was scanning through my emails and the subject line Fragments of Light: Epiphanies of Beauty caught my eye. I was compelled to open it.

Like I've said so many times before, it had to be Divine Guidance directing me because normally I would just hit delete.

The message spoke so loudly to me, once more I knew I had to share it ... To me, this Google image reflects the essence of Pope John's words ...          
Epiphanies of Beauty

From Paraclete 1/5/14:

In his 1999 Letter to Artists, His Holiness Pope John Paul II addresses his remarks:

"To all who are passionately dedicated

to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty

so that through their creative work as artists

they may offer these as gifts to the world. 

'passionately dedicated to the search for new 'epiphanies' of beauty . . . '

Whence come the visions, euphonies, and brilliant flashes of insight that stop us in our tracks, leave us speechless, and call us out of ourselves?

Unbidden, unannounced, and unconstrained these epiphanies come to us all from time to time. When we take up a creative task, however, we become the seekers, the listeners at the keyhole, the scouts about the haunts of mystery.

What is this work of searching? Is it about the labor of flinging wide the portals; the fidelity of setting down what is brought to our attention; or the faithful marking and following of trails?

If Beauty is a grace that rather than being sought seeks after us, then what role have we to play? Are we the pursuers or is it Beauty who gives 'unhurrying chase'?"

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Epiphanies ... Rainbows ... And More

I feel like I’m in the middle of an Epiphany … is that even possible? What I mean is that things I have struggled with for so long … my life … my purpose … have finally started to become clear.

I’m realizing that I’m a true adventurer … I love discovering new things … and then passing that information on … I believe that underneath that is the need to inspire …

For as far back as I can remember, I was the only person in my immediate world that was always trying out something new and different ... exploring … examining. For years, I was regarded as a “Kook” … certainly by my family … but my friends too … and worst-of-all myself!

Neurotically, I chastised myself for being that way but even that self-imposed misery couldn’t stop me … on I went … Anyone remember Flip Wilson? (Boy, does that date me or what?) Well, the devil didn’t make me do it but something greater than myself must have …

Only very recently do I feel a greater clarity and focus ... It seems like the Universe is conspiring … not in a bad way … but making it Crystal-clear to even someone as hard-headed as me … that everywhere I turn … I see everything clearly interrelated … Synchronicity to the Max …

And the opportunity to share is limitless …

Case in Point:

I went on an email purging binge today … as a “hoarder of sorts” I save loads of emails thinking I’ll look at them sometime. Most often, I don’t … but today I did … and I’m so glad …

I regularly receive emails from Colossal … I have no idea how I found them and didn’t even really know what it was … all I knew was that they had stories about art and artists.

So when I got to their email of 1/14/14 with the subject line “Take a Walk in a Palace of Rainbows” I knew I had to check it out …

Here’s what I discovered:

From the About Page of

“Launched in 2010, Colossal is a Webby-nominated blog that explores art and other aspects of visual culture. Colossal won the Utne Media Award for Arts Coverage in 2013 and is ranked by Technorati as one of the top 50 blogs on the web. Each week you’ll find 15-25 posts on photography, design, animation, painting, installation art, architecture, drawing, and street art. Colossal is also a great place to learn about the intersection of art and science as well as the beauty of the natural world. There are frequently posts about things far out in left field, but generally Colossal is a reminder that in this digital age there are still countless people making incredible work with their bare hands ...

Christopher Jobson is the creator and sole editor of Colossal.” 

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja January 6, 2014 
“Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid.

Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience.

A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor.

Additionally, an audio recording of the artist breathing was played throughout the space to further enhance the experience. The installation was on view through the end of the summer and you can read much more about it here