• Why simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
    Why simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” wrote Leonardo Da Vinci. He would paint over work that didn’t meet up with his expectations. Not surprisingly, Steve Jobs adopted da Vinci’s maxim in designing Apple computers. Simplicity is the reduction of complexity. It unclutters the multiplicity of crayons and fence-sitting gray space in the middle and replaces objects […]

  • Reexamining the Kiss Principle
    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 […]

  • Pablo Picasso on the importance of solitude in doing serious work
    Pablo Picasso on the importance of solitude in doing serious work

    Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Famous artists and their recipes for good luck

    Creatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities. Her book Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People contains some fascinating and funny habits. […]

  • Banksy’s self-destructing painting 🎈

    In 2016, graffiti artist Banksy installed a shredder into one of his canvasses entitled it “Girl With Balloon.” Just last week, Sotheby’s auction house in London sold the painting to the highest bidder for $1.37 million. The picture subsequently tore to shreds.  “A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting…in case it was […]

  • 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

  • The placebo effect of a good luck charm
    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 […]

  • Figurative illustrations of Picasso’s work by Omar Aqil

    Graphic artist Omar Aqil creates 3D artwork out of Picasso’s paintings. Says Aqil, “Still exploring the Picasso’s work and trying to add some more drama to it.” See more of his amazing work on Behance.

  • 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 […]

  • Picasso: Art as a form of diary
    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. […]