Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859–1891) was a French artist and painter, known for his vibrant colors and the use of tiny brushstrokes of contrasting colors. His intense interest in line, color, color theory, and optical effects formed the basis of Divisionism, whereas the use of layering small brushstrokes and dots formed the basis of Pointillism. His iconic late 19th-century painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884), paved the way for the initiation of Neo-impressionism.Continue reading “Showcase: Georges Seurat”
Master of crime fiction, one of the most prolific writers of our time, Elmore Leonard shared his ten rules of writing in a short piece for The New York Times.Continue reading “Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing”
“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”
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”
Henry Miller’s prose is unconventional, unapologetically sexual and philosophical, the topic of much controversy (his books were banned in the US until 1961), which is why he’s the kind of writer who has something to teach you about writing.Continue reading “Henry Miller’s 10 Tips to Help You Write Like Yourself”