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3 Profound Lessons From a Japanese Zen Master That Will Blow Your Mind

It can be hard to find meaning and purpose sometimes. We spend so much time working and being busy that we forget to stop and look inside ourselves …

Meditation

Is David Hockney right to say painting is an old man's art?

David Hockney says he’ll keep on painting into his 80s and may well have his greatest work ahead of him. “The Chinese have a saying,” the 78-year-old told the Radio Times. “Painting is an old man’s art. I told Lucian Freud that a long time ago. I think it is, actually. It means it’s an accumulation …

Art

How Bauhaus Changed Art and Aesthetics

May 17, 2016<p>Runs, does yoga.<p>When did Modernism begin? Art historians cannot agree on this, but they do know which institution was the one to give …

Bauhaus

How to Develop Your Tea-Tasting Palate

<i>Welcome back to Tea for Everyone, an occasional series about digging seriously into the wonderful world of tea, minus the tall tales and pretension. If you're just joining in, take a look at our introduction to getting into tea, a foray into tea styles around the world, and this handy guide to</i> …

Few Americans know about this mysterious, remote valley in southern Japan

The Japanese know the Iya Valley for its remoteness, alpine scenery and vine bridges and for being the fabled 12th-century refuge of the Heike clan. Americans are unlikely to know it at all, but if they do, it’s probably because of Alex Kerr.<p>At the tourist information office near Tokyo Station, I …

Japan

A Genius, Minimalist White Bean Soup from Marcella Hazan

Even over email, Victor Hazan writes with emotive, well-built prose that could convince you to delete your emoji keyboard and sign up for a poetry retreat.<p>"Do you know the cannellini soup with garlic and parsley?" he asked.<p>"There is no more perfect example of Marcella’s historic contribution to …

Food Preservation

Anatomy of an artwork

<b>The paint</b><p>Spray paint only became readily available commercially in the late 1940s, so this work, in which it is mixed with hand-painted emulsion on board, is an early example of its use in contemporary art. It comes as no surprise, however: Latham was always an innovator and is regarded as a great …

Art

9 Google Maps tips that will make your life way easier

Maps

Homeless Man Uses Panhandling Money To Create Stunning Paintings

“I'm actually able to inspire others. To me, that's the best part about all of this."<p>The future is looking brighter for a homeless artist who's been down on his luck.<p>After panhandling on the side of the road, 56-year-old Jon Masters gathered enough money to buy art supplies to create spectacular …

Art

Why Are Some People Better at Drawing than Others?

Since the dawn of human art-making, the divide has been clear: There are people who can effortlessly sketch an object's likeness, and people who …

The Brain

How to Photograph the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Today here in the US, it’s National Coffee Day; a day where we all pay special tribute and appreciate the little bean that keeps millions of …

Coffee

What Is Ephemeral

Think about all the photographs in your possession. Where are they stored? And more importantly, how? Your answer likely depends on your demographic …

Slash is the best iPhone keyboard you can download today — and it will completely change how you message your friends

Slash is the best iPhone keyboard out today, and its killer feature is taking the pain out of jumping between your apps.<p>Research shows we spend 85% of the time in our phones buried in apps. And switching between these apps can be one of the most annoying things we deal with on mobile.<p>Slash's …

Paper For iPhone Allows You To Text Digital Sticky Notes

The lauded sketching app has evolved to become an easy way to share doodles and digital lists on the go.<p>Paper, everyone’s favorite iPad sketching app, is now available for the iPhone. The immediate response this bit of news is going elicit from people is: “Isn’t it just Paper on a smaller …

Morpholio Journal. Write. Sketch. Collect.

Morpholio JournalPro<p>Awarded “Best App” and now with Moleskine® Notebooks, Journal is any designers’ dream software. Called “The Future of Sketching” …

Sketching

Apple Finally Learns AI Is The New UI

But is it too late to beat Google?<p>“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like,” Steve Jobs once said. “That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”<p>It’s an ironic quote, given the countless examples of Apple …

'Draw with your children every day'

Chris Riddell, the new Children's Laureate, says drawing with your children is as important as reading with them<p>Parents should draw with their children every day, and make it as important an activity as reading a bedtime story, the new Children’s Laureate has said.<p>Chris Riddell, an award-winning …

Rose Wylie: 'I don’t like arty'

Alastair Sooke meets the 80-year-old whose childlike work is the toast of the art world<p>"For a lot of people, that’s not a painting,” Rose Wylie says, pointing at an enormous picture of a yellow bird against periwinkles and forget-me-nots in her studio in Kent. Across the room, clogged with empty …

Three excellent, less-crowded-than-the-Louvre Paris museums to explore

Despite what the song says, winter isn't the only time it drizzles in Paris. On average, you can expect rain at least one of every three days in the City of Light — and not so light rain, at that.<p>The savvy traveler needs a contingency plan when it's too wet to wander. One solution: ducking into one …

France

Abandoned Castles, Châteaux And City Halls Showcase The Beauty Of Emptiness

Photographer Matt Emmett has traveled all around the world capturing beautiful buildings for his work, Forgotten Heritage Photography. He has devoted his life to shedding light on what he calls "ruins and abandonment," turning old, dilapidated buildings into beautiful imagery.<p>"These places that …

No Spanx you: granny panties spilling over into millennial comfort fashion

According to a recent New York Times article, barely there panties are losing popularity among 20- and 30-somethings while full-coverage bikinis are surging. This is the latest sign that when it comes to personal style, millennials just want to be comfortable.<p>At 36, I’m just barely bending under …

Clothing

Using Objects as Evidence to Tell a Woman's Story: An Interview with Amelia Peck, Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A few semesters ago, a group on my job organized a guided tour of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was then generating a lot of interest, "Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800." That exhibition was coordinated and curated by the Marica F. Vilcek curator of …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shame and Art: How to Stay Sane in Your Second Job While Trying to Make It as a Photographer

I am a bartender. After 15 years of slinging drinks it’s still hard to come out and admit that shooting isn't what I do full time. The path I've …

Drawing Without Fear: Lauren Seiden on Radically Reshaping the Work on Paper

For the past several years, the born-and-bred New York artist <b>Lauren Seiden</b> has been quietly updating one of the most fundamental artistic mediums: …

Vegetarian ramen in Tokyo? Not only is it available, it's apparently pretty great too!

Japan is filled with excellent food, but one of our absolute favorites is <b>ramen</b>. There’s just something (possibly everything) about it that’s …

Why Photoshop is not Ruining Landscape Photography

In nearly all matters related to art, what is most important is your opinion, not the opinion of others who, because of the nature of art, are …

Photography

What Will Come First: The Sharing Or Circular Economy?

Should economies be “sharing” or “circular?” The first term describes how the distributive power of the internet is helping people to rent and sell assets and abilities that that were previously virtually unmarketable.<p>The second, meanwhile, is the end goal of what used to be called closed loop …

Sustainability

Where The World's Best Chef Eats In Tokyo, The World's Best Food Town

<i>Photo: Getty Images</i><p><i>By Jeralyn Gerba for Fathom |</i> <i>Fathom editorial director Jeralyn Gerba recently had the good fortune to fly to Tokyo (thanks All Nippon Airways!) to have lunch at Noma Japan, the six-week pop-up restaurant and global culinary event that had the food world enthralled.</i> She had the …

Japan

Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey

Subterranean retreat may have sheltered thousands of people in times of trouble.<p>When the invaders came, Cappadocians knew where to hide: underground, in one of the 250 subterranean safe havens they had carved from pliable volcanic ash rock called tuff.<p>Now a housing construction project may have …