What color is love? An artist used milk and paint to make a beautiful guess.

What's the color of love? What's the texture of sadness?

Answers to big, dreamy questions like these are subjective and impossible to pin down, but French video producer Thomas Blanchard got one step closer in a new experimental video.



Image by Thomas Blanchard.

In his latest work, "The Colors of Feelings," Blanchard used an array of colors, textures, and movement to present a vivid interpretation of human emotion.

Blanchard described the piece to me as a translation of his current state of mind, which is "thoughtful and nostalgic," adding, "I consider it an analogy to feelings, such as joy, hatred, love, sadness, and so on. All these emotions come and stir together before they soothe and let go."

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Like waves on the shore, the paint in the video ebbs and flows with vivid colors blending and transforming anew. Presented with ethereal music from composer Max Richter, the piece is tranquil and truly spellbinding.

To achieve the fluid motion, Blanchard combined paint with some unlikely materials — a few ingredients from the kitchen.

He mixed honey, milk, oil, and cinnamon with acrylic paint to create the hypnotic movement.

Blanchard explained, "First I would pour a bit of milk in the plate, then draw shapes from the paint through the use of a syringe."

"I would then pour the [grapeseed oil] with a bit of honey and cinnamon and have the small balls of paint come into shape by injecting paint straight into the oil," he said.

From there, Blanchard blew gently over the concoction to set it in motion.

Amazingly, he completed the entire project in less than 48 hours.

Blanchard shot "The Colors of Feelings" with a DIY setup, using projectors and a Canon 550D equipped with macro rings to achieve the extreme close-ups.

The project came together so quickly that even Blanchard was caught off guard.

"It had a bit of a disturbing feeling considering that my previous project lasted for four months," he said.

(That previous project, a time-lapse of blooming flowers, is pretty amazing too.)

Get in touch with your inner self and watch "The Colors of Feelings" in its entirety.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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