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Rights & Freedoms

The Story of Pollock’s $140 Million Masterpiece, Created in One Night

More from Italy

3 0 Edit this post<p>By Stephanie Bower, Seattle<p>As I attempt to post the summer's sketches in chronological order, it's great to get to relive my …

7 French Art Terms You Should Know

The Sketchbook Lifestyle by Tina Koyama

Tina Koyama is one of my sketching heroes. Her commitment to sketching everyday life every day is inspiring. Her blog is constant source of delight …

Sketching

Travel Sketching 101

I’ve been sketching my way around the world for five years now, and I can safely say the practice has forever changed me as a traveler. I love how my sketchbook slows me down, throws all of my senses wide open, and paves the way to spontaneous encounters with locals and fellow visitors alike.<p>So, in …

The Fear of Making Art

When Amazon recommends literary selections I might be interested in, I usually do a quick scan of the offerings, decide I can’t afford to splurge on …

VIDEO: Watch An Afghan Calligrapher's Gifted Hands Create A Miniature Work Of Art

Sughra Hussainy makes her own watercolors — which she uses to paint intricate miniatures in the traditional Persian and Afghan styles. Her favorite hue is blue — made from powdered lapis lazuli gemstones.<p>"Blue — because the sky is blue," she says. "I just look at it and it makes me feel calm and …

Calligraphy

You Deserve More From Your Work

More understanding from your boss and colleagues, more opportunities to demonstrate what you’re capable of, more training to become the best at what …

Webinars

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Too Old’ or ‘Too Young’ to Be Creative

Ours is a youth-oriented culture. A glance at the tabloids tells us of the exploits of the young. There is not as much of a platform for the artistic …

Creativity

How to use containers in your garden

One way to stamp your personality on the garden is with containers. But large, striking containers can be very expensive. Especially if, like me, you enjoy using bold runs of big pots to show off special plants. I enjoy seeing small pots in other peoples’ gardens, but they take a lot of work …

Here’s Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common “time waster” is really a creative launch-pad.<p>Did your boss ever catch you covering an important memo with Escher-like scribbles? In high school, did your teacher call you out for drawing on the desk, your sneakers, your skin? Today, the …

Creativity

How To Edit Your Own Writing

<i>This article is by Chloe Waters.</i>My high school writing teacher once said, “A writer views his work the way a mother views her child.” A child is the …

Writing

5 Big Benefits Of Being A Doodler

While coloring books for adults are something of a trend, there's another artistic outlet that requires even less effort than colored pencils and markers. It may have more benefits, to boot.<p>Doodling -- the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is <i>really</i> supposed to be …

Creativity

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies To Sell 350 Million Books

The bestselling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

Creative Writing

5 Brilliant Books That Will Unleash Your Creativity | Inc.com

It's so easy to get stuck in ruts and fall into habitual patterns with your work. Even the most creative and prolific people struggle with this from time to time. That's when it can be helpful to have a tool to shake up your thinking and behavior and to force you to explore new avenues of …

Creativity

The Ultimate Guide to Visual Journaling for Non-Artists

Ever see someone in a meeting with a notebook taking visual notes and think--I wish I could do that? Or maybe you've just seen visual journals on …

Hung Up

For me, traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way

Life as a professional writer is financially depressing, and I’ve often been advised to self-publish. Here’s why I won’t do it<p>A few days ago, I wrote a piece on my blog exploding the myth of the rich writer, and laying out (in terms the Royal Literary Fund described as “ruthlessly mathematical”) …

Writing

5 Ways To Get Your First Draft Material Out Of Your Head And Onto The Page

Shares 2K<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

A Black Police Officer’s Fight Against the N.Y.P.D.

Every morning before his shift, Edwin Raymond, a 30-year-old officer in the New York Police Department, ties up his long dreadlocks so they won’t brush against his collar, as the job requires. On Dec. 7, he carefully pinned them up in a nautilus pattern, buttoned the brass buttons of his regulation …

Justice

The country's largest private health insurer throws a 'tantrum' over lower profits

UnitedHealthGroup, the country's largest private health insurer, has discovered that sick people tend to go to the doctor. And that means bills to pay. And that's bad for the company's bottom line.<p>So UnitedHealth said Thursday that because of the "continuing deterioration" of its profits from …

Centuries-old Incan mummy's DNA reveals untold story of ancient lineage

Sequenced genome of boy who was sacrificed by the Inca 500 years ago points to extent of genetic diversity in the Andes before the Spanish arrived<p>Archaeologists and geneticists have sequenced the genome of a boy sacrificed 500 years ago during an Incan ritual in the Andes, finding a previously …

Anthropology

Seattle through the senses

EXPERIENCE THE MULTI-SENSORY DELIGHTS of Seattle on our video tour of the city through the senses. Designed to showcase each of the five sensory …

The Condiment Graveyard: Ingredients We Thought Would Change Our Lives (But Didn't)

We had high hopes and big dreams for these foods, but we've never used them (and probably never will).<p>We've all been there: You go on a rad vacation to a far-flung country or take a road trip around the Deep South. And you bring yourself back a food souvenir so you can keep the good times rolling …

Cooking