Recently I was invited to participate in a project called The Love Letter Project where, as an artist, I would create a piece of art that is inspired by a love letter. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it if you are looking for some inspiration! Love letters come in all forms and you can also write one of your own.
The main idea for The Love Letter Project comes from a place of community outreach - that you and other people can submit letters about overcoming difficulties by sharing experiences in an open letter addressed to others who are facing the same types of challenges. You can check out some of the letters here: www.theloveletterproject.ca.
The letter I chose to use for inspiration was a letter written by Helen Keller (deaf and blind) to the New York Symphony Orchestra. She talks about her amazing experience of Beethoven's 9th Symphony as played by the New York Symphony Orchestra by placing her hand on a radio. See photo below.
I was moved by this letter and thought that it was a great example of someone who is overcoming challenges. It also reminded me of the importance of art, in this case music, as a powerful tool for communicating the abstract thoughts and feelings that make up the human experience.
"Of course, this was not "hearing" but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sensed, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand—swaying reeds and winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations." - Helen Keller
Here is a peek at my Helen Keller piece in progress ( it was very hot so I had to indulge in a white wine spritzer!) :