I thought I would gather together some of the things I have really enjoyed in September. So here goes!
This video of a bouncy deer on the beach
As well as being a nice summation of my aesthetic and interests in one handy video, you really can't get better than a bouncing deer on a beach in a beautiful sunrise. It looks so happy! A little piece of real life magic.
Bristol Doors Open Day
I'll be doing a full post on this soon, but I went to Bristol Doors Open Day, an event where the city's museums, heritage sites and hidden spaces open their doors to the public for free. I had a lovely time exploring caves and riding on beautiful vintage buses.
The Get Down
I became thoroughly obsessed with this Netflix series abut disco and hip hop music in the 1970s, and watched it all in the space of a few days. It was heartwarming and uplifting, surreal and theatrical, and above all joyfully life affirming. It had its unrealistic and imperfect moments, but overall it was a delight. I adored the costumes, and I need Dizzee Kipling as my new best friend-his character really resonated with me.
I rediscovered this absolutely beautiful variety of deer, also known as axis deer, while doing my #ADeerADay challenge. They retain their white spots into adulthood, and have striking black stripes down their backs. My favourite thing about their appearance is that they have pale patches on their foreheads that look like crescent moons. I loved painting a Chital fawn for my art challenge, and will definitely be coming back to these creatures as an art subject and inspiration. There is something very mystical about them.
Devin Townsend Project Transcendence Documentary and Tour Videos
I love the music of the Devin Townsend and am going to see DTP perform next year, so I was really happy to see that there is a documentary on Youtube about the making of their new album. It's the perfect balance of behind the scenes silliness and deep thoughts about music and life, and it is so refreshing and lovely to see a group of talented musicians working together and having really obvious respect for each other. Even though I'm not musical myself, as a creative person seeing other people's creative process is absolutely fascinating. So I liked the glimpse into the process, and especially Devin's thought processes. I've also been watching the tour videos, which are less philosophical but still very entertaining.
The art challenge I set myself has been difficult at times, but overall it has been a wonderfully positive experience for me. Before I started it I felt stuck in a rut, I wasn't creating as much as I wanted and was feeling like I wasn't really where I wanted to be. During the challenge I've produced some work I really like, realised other people like my work, and begun to think that art is something I could pursue as a source of income. Being focused on a creative task without the distractions of watching things or using social media, sometimes for several hours a day, has also really focused my mind and made me think about what I want from life and what I can do to get there. So this has definitely been one of my favourite things this month!