A beautiful collection of woodblock prints from the prominent Kacho-ga artist, Watanabe Seitei. He was one of the first Japanese painters to visit Europe for attending the 1878 International Exhibition and was also awarded a medal.Continue reading “Showcase: Watanabe Seitei”
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”Chuck Palahniuk
Life’s all about cause and effect. A man without a cause has no effect on the world. A man without a cause crumbles under the pressure of the mundane. Day in and day out he struggles to find a purpose, a reason, a battle worth fighting. He feels as if wasting time, as if something bigger than himself is always running away, day after day after day.
No man is an island, and a way a man sees himself will affect the way he sees those around him. Those he wants to love. Those he wants to save. Those he wants to protect.
And a man must, at times, be willing to sacrifice who he is in order to do any of those things.Continue reading “TMM: The Unreal”
Many of you would love to write better short stories or poems, more compelling blog posts, more intriguing articles. And you’ve probably heard all the old advice by now. Practice makes perfect. Get your 10,000 hours in. Just show up and write.
And of course, these are all great ideas, but implementing them takes a lot of time. It’s not like you can write for 10,000 hours in a week or so. It’s not physically possible.
Or as they say…
What if I were to tell you there are a couple of ways you can improve your writing right now? No years and years of practice required.
What would you say?
Well, you’d be glad you decided to read this post.Continue reading “How to Improve Your Writing… Right Now”
French symbolist and post-impressionist painter Odilon Redon (1840–1916) was passionate about art from a young age. Following his fathers wishes he took up architecture, but after failing exams he continued with his love of drawing. His interest in Hindu and Buddhist religion blended with a passion for Japonism influenced the astounding drawings we see today.Continue reading “Showcase: Odilon Redon”
Dystopia literally means “not-good place” and is a term used to describe a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Dystopian novels were all the rage back when during the Cold War, possibly as a way to warn people of the perils of such a totalitarian regime as the Communist one. As a fictional genre, dystopias have the uncanny characteristic of painting a rather hopeless future for society.
Here are four dystopian novels that are eerily close to becoming true:Continue reading “Four Dystopian Novels That Are Eerily Close to Becoming True”
Words and language are at the core of our identity, they allow us to define ourselves, to share our stories, and they are essential to our ability to communicate with others.
This means that there are some words out there that are impossible to translate from one language to another, or describe incredibly particular feelings, objects, or states of mind.
So, without further ado, here’s a collection of some of the most unusual words we use.Continue reading “Dictionary of Unusual Words”
Most of us are stuck at home these days, so why not watch some artsy stuff on Netflix while we’re binge watching, right?
We’ve compiled a list of movies and documentaries to inspire you. Enjoy!Continue reading “7 Must-Watch Movies and Documentaries for Artists and Creatives”