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. […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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. […]


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 […]

Carrying crayons into adulthood

Creative all along, Picasso became even more abstract with age.   Unless you’re taking AP courses, high school doesn’t train you for college. College doesn’t prepare you for work. And the cubicle is where dreams go to die. There’s a reason kids are creative. They carry around crayons and loose imaginations while adults carry around briefcases full of tiresome […]

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 […]