Arts Quotes

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: 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. […]


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


Intimacy in the midst of indifference

The internet is a sea of intimacy in the midst of indifference.  We all hang within our tribes — the Picasso heads, the hip-hop enthusiasts, the mommy bloggers — without curiosity for a broader perspective of differing interests. “Your whole life informs your eye.”  Roger Deakins While no one can attain Da Vinci’s single holistic […]

Arts Creativity

The artist never graduates

Years elapse with no apparent intention of an end. They want you to finish it to find closure and move on to the next ‘big thing’ without understanding the brisk tempo of a focused, hungry maker. Creators are slow cookers and even slower chewers, interspersed with periods of gorging. They expect to uncover as many mistakes […]

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The placebo effect of a good luck charm

NASA engineers eat peanuts before every launch as a lucky charm. Picasso held on to his fingernail clippings to maintain his spiritual “essence.” You can more read about artists and their peculiar amulets in Ellen Weinstein’s new book Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. Why do some creators hold […]