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How To Quit Your Job (with romantic worst-case scenarios)

If you feel sick with the prospect of being an employee for the next 20 to 30 years of your life then I hope that what you will read will put you a …

Self-improvement

What's new in Photos on Mac

Photos for Mac got a few upgrades with macOS High Sierra, here's a rundown of the new features!<p>Apple's newest version of macOS, High Sierra, is …

iOS

11 creative ways cities are making space for artists

Smart ways cities can invest in their artists<p>Artists have often been in a bind when it comes to finding space to thrive in cities. Access to culture can both improves neighborhoods and property values, creating a system where the creative class becomes victims of its own success. But increasingly, …

Cities

Delicate Hand-Sewn Lace Figures are Harmoniously Fused to Real Pieces of Found Wood

Hungarian artist Ágnes Herczeg combines delicate lace art with the knotty branches of found wood to create scenes depicting the contemplative beauty of humanity. The intricate portraits showcase women as they recline, sleep, and gaze into an infinite abyss. Often, the wood is an anchor for their …

Art

In Portland, taking painting to unexpected places

PORTLAND, Maine – What constitutes a painting these days may not include paint, but certain A-B-Cs of the medium still guide our thinking: landscape, …

Art

3 Techniques to Improve Your Photo Compositions

Composition can make or break a photograph. Here’s a 7-minute video by photographer Peter McKinnon in which he runs through three tips to help you …

Landscape Photography

Sharpening Your Images | How It Works, What To Look For, And Why To Tone It Down

There is a video doing the rounds right now that’s essentially a public service announcement by Tony Northrup on the perils of over sharpening. We’ve …

Tutorials

Having a pint of beer ‘actually increases your creativity’ according to science

Take a peek into literary history, and you’ll notice one thing – most really good writers tend to be awful, awful p*ssheads.<p>Grandmother who tried to …

Creativity

Here’s Why You Always Seem To Be Inspired With The Best Ideas At The Worst Times

I always find that my best ideas come from the times when I am in my quietest moments. In fact, I make it a point now to mindfully create quiet …

Creativity

Why Imposing Restrictions Can Actually Boost Creativity

We all want to be more creative. After all, it’s disruptive technology, the next great book, song, or movie, or the ultimate scientific breakthrough …

Creativity

A Quick Introduction to the Healing Brush in Photoshop

If you're new to Photoshop, one of the tools you'll want to become familiar with as soon as possible is the Healing Brush. This quick and helpful …

Photoshop Tutorials

5 Encouraging Mantras to Recite When Your Company Makes You Feel Ordinary and Small

Far too many are working someplace that makes them feel like just a number, at best. These five doses of perspective will reignite your personal power.<p>As a writer, speaker and ex-corporate veteran I've had exposure to thousands of people slogging it out in the trenches of Company XYZ, trying to …

Leadership

Wine could help solve writer’s block, says study

A glass of wine or a pint of beer can help your creative juices flowing, suggests research from Austria.<p>For years, writers have claimed that there is …

Creativity

How to Edit Your Photos to Look Professional

No matter how good you think your photographs might be right out of the camera or smartphone, they can almost always be improved through even a few …

iPhoneography

How to Sharpen Your Photos in Lightroom Without Going Too Far

Sharpening gives your images a bit of pop by increasing the edge contrast, but it’s easy to go too far and end up with an over-sharpened mess. In …

Tutorials

Edward Hopper Nighthawks Painting Is a Modern American Masterpiece

Subject Matter<p>While its message is embedded in emotion, the iconography of <i>Nighthawks</i> is seemingly straightforward. Seen from outside the casual restaurant's large, wrap-around window, it shows three customers—two males and one female—seated at the counter. A single server interacts with two of the …

Edward Hopper

Knocking Down your Creative Blocks

This is a story about the day I quit writing.It was 1989. I was 32. For the previous nine months, I’d been researching and reporting the biggest …

Crime

I Express My Love For Nature In Drawings With A Touch Of Surrealism

Instinctively I use people or an animal as a base, and by adding different kinds of elements that normally does not go together, but somehow from the …

Art

Artist Charles Burchfield Gets the Weather Right

Like everyone else, Charles Burchfield couldn’t do much about the weather. But he could paint it—which he did, gloriously, imaginatively and, according to Stephen Vermette, quite accurately.<p>Dr. Vermette, a professor at Buffalo State College, is the rare climatologist who has also co-curated an art …

Painting

Van Gogh’s Iconic ‘Sunflowers’ Will Be Reunited for the First Time—on Facebook

Exhibitions<p>The five paintings have never been shown together.<p>,<p>Five of Vincent van Gogh’s most iconic masterpieces are about to be reunited in a …

Art History

Whimsical Paper Collage by Alice Lindstrom

I make a daily habit of checking the amazing site HonestlyWTF for inspiration and fell in love with their recent post showcasing the fanciful work of …

Collage

Here’s Exactly Why the Fine Art Market Is a Money-Driven Scam

In an ideal world, the price tag associated with a particular piece of art would truly reflect the work and craftsman ship that went into making it, …

Art

Julie Mehretu Takes AD Inside her New Studio

When her own Manhattan studio proved too small for a blockbuster commission, artist Julie Mehretu found room to create in the lofty nave of a deconsecrated Harlem church<p>Photographs by<p>It’s a sunny spring morning, and inside a deconsecrated Harlem church, ­artist Julie Mehretu’s assistants are …

Art

How to Take Amazing Photos in Art Museums Without Getting Kicked Out

One of the best things about visiting art museums is being able to see work that touches and inspires you, and it makes sense that you might want to …

Museums

Drinking wine makes people more creative

Winos rejoice as somebody very clever has finally legitimatised our penchant for the humble grape.<p>A small glass of wine or a pint of beer helps …

Creativity

Sharpening Basics: Here’s How Unsharp Masking Makes Your Photos Look Extra Crispy

It sounds like a reference to dull Halloween costumes, but I’ve always regarded unsharp masking as the Cadillac option for beefing up the acutance of …

Tutorials

Artist Delicately Cuts Paper to Mimic the Intricate Beauty of Fluid Ink Drawings

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info.<p>In the right hands, an X-ACTO knife can be as precise as a newly sharpened pencil. Japanese artist Kiri Ken, aka Cutting Sword, masterfully …

Illustration

Matisse In The Studio: Inside The Royal Academy’s New Show

When you think of artist Henri Matisse, you probably picture his bright and expressive oil works, or perhaps his much later but equally well-renowned …

Artists

The Gatekeepers and Tastemakers Who Decide What We Call “Art”

Portrait of Hans Ulrich Obrist at Serpentine Galleries by Kate Berry for Artsy.<i>Curators Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi’s new book,</i> Who’s Afraid of …

Museums