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."

All GIFs via Thomas Blanchard.

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 the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.