Morning Musings #3 // April 2021
Happy Spring A-L-P Friends! It's the third installment of Morning Musings with Berry, and I've got some fun items to share this month.
This month's newsletter was inspired by a recent trip to New York where I got to binge on museum visits - making up for lost time. As a former museum educator I feel most at home in museums.
I consider the artworks and objects on display my old friends, and to reunite with them was nothing short of sublime. If you want to see a few highlights from my trip, head to the A-L-P @artlifepractice and I have my photos in the Stories highlights called BerrySees!
Similar to last month, I have created works inspired by each artist's practice using materials from the Art Life Practice kits. This month is a bit different as I have included an artist as well as the visual imagery from a particular historical period.
I hope you enjoy, and please reach out if you have any questions, feedback or ideas! I love hearing from you - it really makes my day! :)
Artists of the Month
Above right: Homage to the Square: Apparition, 1959 © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
The Geometric Period in Ancient Greece
Since I was little, I have been fascinated by the visual culture of Ancient Greece. I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art - my heaven - and for the millionth time I poured over the thousands of objects and artworks from Ancient Greece, marveling at the virtuosity and creativity that was demonstrated almost three thousand years ago.
The Geometric period lasted from about 900 to 700 BCE. The period's name is derived from the dominance of geometric motifs in vase painting. The two primary vessels that you will often seen are kraters (an Ancient Greek vessel for mixing wine and water), and amphorae (a two-handled jar with a narrow neck that was used in ancient times to store or carry wine or oils - see above).
Although the style seems simple, the works are highly refined. I thought it would be interesting to adapt the designs typically painted on the bronze or terra cotta vessels and embroider similar patterns on some linen placemats that I recently found.
**** Extra Treats!!!! ****
I wanted to share a few things that have been on my radar the past few months that you may enjoy getting into....!
First, this fantastic New Yorker article that is actually a book review of several books, but it's all about one of my favorite topics: the joys and health benefits to LIFELONG LEARNING! It is a truly fascinating read and very
Next, some of you may remember that I used to include playlists in the vintage A-L-P newsletters, often featuring music played during our workshops. I stopped for a while, but due to popular demand, it's back baby! Here's a Spotify playlist of some jams that have been on rotation for the past several months.
I recently stumbled across this gem of an article: Study Finds Americans Would Rather Have Artistic Hobbies Than a Netflix Subscription - and thought it would be a fun one to share.
Do you want more Extra Treats in future newsletters? LMK!!!