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The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

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10 Things About...Edges

-Greg Manchess <br>Stages of Resolution 1, detail <br>One of the most difficult concepts to grasp about painting is the use of edges. Students often go …

Don't Look for a Great Idea. Look for a Good Problem

To create anything that is truly pathbreaking, you need to look for it in new places<p>At the center of every significant innovation is always an idea. Clarence Birdseye's idea about freezing fish revolutionized the food industry and American diets. Charles Schwab's idea about flat commissions changed …

Painter Bethany Brooke on Why Selling Art Isn't Always For the Artist

When it comes to selling art work, an artist can take the route of a co-operative gallery, online sales, art fairs, anything that can get them exposure and put their art into the eyes of inquisitive buyers. The question of <i>how</i> comes with a myriad of answers, all part of the complex, beautiful, …

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Articles about unique ceramic designs 5 modern homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Refresh your home for the summer season with these simple modern upgrades.<p>Known for its art de vivre and joie de vivre, France is a country with a rich cultural past.<p>Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's February 2016 issue.<p>It’s been awhile since we last visited the City of …

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Interview: Erin Hanson Pioneers the Energetic Style of Open-Impressionism

Artist Erin Hanson began to study oil painting when she was only eight years old. By the age of ten, she had completed her first paid commission. Her portfolio of work only grew from there, and after graduating from UC Berkeley, the creative established <i>open-impressionism–</i>her own distinct style of …

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Beautiful Watercolor Paintings of Architecture by Thomas W. Schaller

Though he was raised on a farm in the Midwest, Thomas W. Schaller spent the majority of his life in Manhattan where he worked as a commercial architectural artist. Today, however, he works for himself, as a watercolor painter based in Los Angeles. Schaller made the jump to a different profession …

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How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types

Great leaders think strategically.<p>They can understand and appreciate the current state as well as see possibilities. When dealing with today’s issues, they operate from a broad, long-term perspective rather than focusing only on short-term implications. And they can gather information and make …

The Knot in the Rosary: Rilke on How Difficulty Can Fuel Creativity and Why Feedback Poisons Art

Shortly before he began writing what would become the legendary <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i>, 26-year-old <b>Rainer Maria Rilke</b> (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926) moved to Paris to write a monograph on the sculptor Rodin, but soon sank into profound spiritual anguish. Once he discovered modernism, Rilke …

Street View – Explore natural wonders and world landmarks

Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, parks and transport hubs.

How We Think: John Dewey on the Art of Reflection and Fruitful Curiosity in an Age of Instant Opinions and Information Overload

Decades before Carl Sagan published his now-legendary Baloney Detection Kit for critical thinking, the great philosopher, psychologist, and education reformer <b>John Dewey</b> (October 20, 1859–June 1, 1952) penned the definitive treatise on the subject — a subject all the more urgently relevant today, in …

Boy Meets Painting. Painting Grabs Boy. Boy Mystified

Here's what I remember: The day it happened, I was around 8 years old, which puts me in the second grade. It was definitely a Sunday (because we never went anywhere on Saturdays). My dad had decided to take me to the Museum of Modern Art to see some paintings, and I always liked going places with …

The Art of Looking: How to Live with Presence, Break the Tyranny of Productivity, and Learn to See Our Everyday Wonderland

For my book club collaboration with <i>The Dish</i>, Andrew Sullivan’s online oasis of intelligence and idealism, I had the pleasure of sitting down with cognitive scientist <b>Alexandra Horowitz</b> to discuss her immeasurably wonderful <b>On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes</b> (<i>public library</i>) — one of the best …

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree …

Kierkegaard on Our Greatest Source of Unhappiness

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard memorably wrote in reflecting on why presence matters more than productivity. <i>“On how one orients himself to the moment depends the failure or fruitfulness of it,”</i> Henry Miller asserted in his beautiful meditation on the …

Viktor Frankl on the Art of Presence, the Soul-Stretching Capacity of Suffering, and How to Persevere in Troubled Times

The life-story of Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor <b>Viktor Frankl</b>, born on March 26, 1905, is one of history’s greatest testaments to the tenacity of the human spirit. In his remarkable 1946 psychological memoir <b>Man’s Search for Meaning</b> (<i>public library</i>), previously discussed at length …

The Distracted Public: Saul Bellow on How Writers and Artists Save Us from the “Moronic Inferno” of Our Time

In 1990, fourteen years after he received the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize, and two years after being awarded the National Medal of Arts, <b>Saul Bellow</b> (June 10, 1915–April 5, 2005) delivered a lecture at Oxford University titled <b>“The Distracted Public.”</b> Eventually included in <b>It All</b> …

Orgasm Without Release: Alan Watts Presages Our Modern Media Gluttony in 1951

<i>“If the remission of pain is happiness, then the emergence from distraction is aesthetic bliss,”</i> Saul Bellow wrote in his poignant 1990 essay “The Distracted Public.” Nearly a century earlier, in his funny and wise reflection on feeding the mind, Lewis Carroll admonished that <i>“mental gluttony, or</i> …

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …

A Solitary World: A Breathtaking Homage to H.G. Wells from a New Genre of Cinematic Poetry

From my friends at PBS Digital Studios and filmmaker James W. Griffiths comes <b>A Solitary World</b> — a breathtaking homage to <b>H.G. Wells</b>, with text adapted from five of his most celebrated works: <i>The Time Machine</i> (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The First Men in the Moon (1901), In The Days of the …

Aesthetic Consumerism and the Violence of Photography: What Susan Sontag Teaches Us about Visual Culture and the Social Web

Ever since its invention in 1839, the photographic image and its steady evolution have shaped our experience of reality — from chronicling our changing world and recording its diversity to helping us understand the science of emotion to anchored us to consumer culture. But despite the meteoric rise …

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

Door reinvented with folding mechanism by Klemens Torggler

This radical redesign of a door by Austrian artist Klemens Torggler uses a folding and pivoting system to collapse and roll to one side.<p>Instead of a …

Spotlight: Alvar Aalto

As one of the key figures of midcentury Modernism and perhaps Finland's most celebrated architect, Alvar Aalto (3 February 1898 – 11 May 1976) was …

Jeanette Winterson on the Value of Art to the Human Spirit

It has been argued that art is everyday therapy for the soul. For Tolstoy, art was a profound source of emotional infectiousness. For Oscar Wilde, it was about receptivity. Amidst recent discussion of the value of the humanities and whether literature makes us better people, one has to wonder …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …