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Pablo Picasso on the importance of solitude in doing serious work

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

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Picasso: ‘Go and do the things you can’t. That is how you get to do them’

“Go and do the things you can’t. That is how you get to do them.” — Pablo Picasso

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Reexamining the Kiss Principle

“Keep it simple and stupid.” That was the acronym coined by aircraft engineer Clarence Johnson during the early 1930s. He proposed the “H” style tail for airplanes which helped stabilize flight. Keeping it simple is always easier said than done. What may appear visually simple, took a deduction of complex details. We don’t get to […]

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Picasso: Art as a form of diary

Art is where our mind’s eye merges with reality to create a theater inside our head, resulting in the form of a diary. This was especially true for Pablo Picasso. Picasso was perhaps best known for his practice of public journaling via painting. “My work is my diary. I have painted my autobiography,” he said. […]

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers 400,000 free high-res images for remixing

Since starting a year ago, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made 400,000 of its images free to download and remix. The project immediately empowered the likes of software developer and designer Simone Seagle. She downloaded a 1920s print from abstract Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky called Violett. Said Seagle: Generally you can’t be in […]

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‘All finished paintings are dead paintings’

Picasso’s Guernica took 7 weeks to paint, but it could have taken a lifetime. But done is better than perfect, especially in times of strife. The piece appeared in a Paris exhibition in 1937. It became an essential piece of political art, signaling against the destruction of war. Listen to BBC In Our Time: Picasso’s Guernica […]

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Picasso baby

“One starts to get young at 60, and then it’s too late.” Pablo Picasso Bullish crows the young. Patience grows the old. Thankfully, the older group’s got the money to invest in all that fledgling hope. Dreams grow with age until experience dents the pipes. Adults focus on what’s practical and accept what they can’t […]

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“It’s not what an artist does that counts, but what he is.” — Pablo Picasso

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Picasso: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” — Pablo Picasso Inspiration is just the fuel.  Stop dreaming and start doing.   Don’t let inspiration backlash. Bonus: “Constantly seeking inspiration is anti-inspiring.” — Derek Sivers

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