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. … Continue reading “Picasso: Art as a form of diary”

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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 … Continue reading “The placebo effect of a good luck charm”

Famous artists and their recipes for good luck

Creatives obsess with how other successful creators do their work. Witness the 2013 bestseller by Mason Currey. But instead of focusing on the productive habits of successful artists, author Ellen Weinstein highlights their oddities. Her book contains some fascinating and funny habits. Thom Yorke prepares for live concerts with a headstand ritual NASA engineers eat peanuts … Continue reading “Famous artists and their recipes for good luck”

‘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 … Continue reading “‘All finished paintings are dead paintings’”

‘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. Simplicity is the reduction of complexity. It subtracts the gray space in the middle and renders it black and white. Simplicity comes from revision Simplicity retains the essence and deletes the rest. Take a … Continue reading “‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’”

Combines

Nothing goes to waste. It all cross-pollinates. Picasso’s sculpture work bled into his paintings, as did his work in theater. What we want to pursue are our interests, not what they should amount to. Seek a lifestyle rather than a categorization. “Work as hard as much as you want to on the things you like … Continue reading “Combines”

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 … Continue reading “Picasso Baby”

What’s your favorite writing tool?

Thoreau had his goose quill pen. Picasso painted with his oval angled brush. Al Hirschfeld enjoyed his crayons. Tom Hanks still loves his typewriter. Photographer Pierre Carreau “writes with light.” Everyone’s got a favorite writing tool. For long-hand, I recommend the Pilot Precise V5 rolling ball pen. For smartphone and tablet writers, check out some of these apps.

Newsletter: The Picasso of Legos, Tumblr is MTV, using modern technology to tell stories, the paradox of content abundance, and more

Arts & Culture A Legoland Builder Turns Her Childhood Hobby Into an Adult Art Form Constriction forces creativity. In the case of 23-year-old Veronica Watson, she recreated Picasso’s “Guernica” using Legos. Now she’s being recognized as the ‘Picasso of Legos.’ Lesson: use what you have and build something remarkable, even if it’s a remix. ““With … Continue reading “Newsletter: The Picasso of Legos, Tumblr is MTV, using modern technology to tell stories, the paradox of content abundance, and more”

Newsletter: ‘Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny’

Hi Friends, we lost the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking this week but his work and spirit will linger on forever. If you’re stuck in a creative rut, give Seth Godin’s new podcast a listen. For Picasso fans, the Tate Modern has a new exhibit showcasing the artist’s work in his ‘years of wonders.’ Check out all links below. Interesting Digs … Continue reading “Newsletter: ‘Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny’”

Be Like Mike

    Hemingway wrote in Moleskine notebooks. So did Van Gogh and Picasso. What kid does not want to play basketball in a pair of Jordans? We use other people’s tools believing that we can enjoy the same success. However, we often fall short of the dream. “You don’t get what you hope for. You … Continue reading “Be Like Mike”

What are you going to do with all that inspiration?

There’s a consumption period where you read books and articles or impulse-check Instagram or Twitter. Then there’s a thinking process where you take what you ingested and connect things (ideas, concepts, quotes, images, etc.after) to each other. The doing is the hardest, which is why most people give up after the thinking part. Most creators think their … Continue reading “What are you going to do with all that inspiration?”

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 … Continue reading “The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers 400,000 free high-res images for remixing”