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How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better)

Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” I wasn’t there when he said it, and I have no idea what he meant. He may have been in a bad mood. But I’ve always thought the statement sounded pretty cool.Show More Summary

Curious Visual Guides to Victorian Pseudoscience

yesterdayArts : Hyperallergic

What if all your woes could be healed by some good thinking? Back in the 19th century, mesmerism was all the rage, merging nicely with the DIY Victorian parlor entertainment and hefty dose of quack medicine making the rounds — from questionable experiments in electricity to phrenology.

Fiction longlist for the National Book Award

yesterdayArts : Arts Post

Pulitzer Prize winners Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley are among the 10 authors on the longlist for the National Book Award in Fiction, announced Thursday morning. Coincidentally, Robinson’s nominated novel, “Lila,” and Smiley’s nominated novel, “Some Luck,” both are set in Iowa and will be published on Oct. 7. (Look for reviews in The Post […]

5 Deadly Mistakes a Graphic Designer Shouldn’t Make

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Shayne Moore, a Director at a leading design agency in Christchurch, having a pool of professional graphic designers who design and build beautiful designs. Shayne is passionate about digital marketing and loves to share his creative ideas on the latest design trends. Show More Summary

THERE WILL BE SELTZER: Diana Hamilton Defines Poetry

Make sure you get to this interview with Diana Hamilton at the Ugly Duckling Presse Tumblr. “Someone said that poetry was a little hedgehog that you nuzzle against your heart. Put that little hedgehog in its place, if it makes you feel better.” They’ve also included an excerpt from Hamilton’s forthcoming chapbook with UDP, Universe. [...]

Oversight Hearing on U.S. Copyright Office, Thursday, September 18

The House Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet will hold an oversight hearing on the U.S. Copyright Office Thursday, September 18th at 2:00 pm eastern time. Register Maria A. Pallante will testify.   Judiciary...Show More Summary

Bugs Make Music, Lured by Light, in Music and Art Project

That’s not a bug; it’s a feature. Wayward insects become the source of eerie, ambient music in a new work by British-born, Baix Penedes (Spain)-based artist Dickon Stone. Each insect lured by the glow of his light-up sculpture in turn triggers musical elements. Show More Summary

Nature’s Performance Art

yesterdayArts : Hyperallergic

For the past month we've had a resident broad-winged hawk.

Favorite Daughters: 1916

Fair Exponents of Dance and Song in "Gypsy Prince" CHORUS OF "FAVORITE DAUGHTERS" March 7, 1916 -- In "The Gypsy Prince," presented last night at Rauscher's for the benefit of the Junior League, one of the most striking features was the chorus of "Favorite Daughters," represented above. Show More Summary

Best Original Shows on YouTube

It's hard to know where to start looking for things to watch on the massive video site. Start with our picks for the best shows on YouTube.

Bright Blue Beads, Part 3

It was a delight to open up the kiln this morning and see so many pretty blue beads, and the best part is that I did, in fact, choose the correct blue under-glaze that I was a tad bit worried about in my previous posting. Marine Blue under-glaze on Porcelain Clay (I'm putting it here so I can remember forever). Show More Summary

Pass it on

I've got six free copies of the new Logo Design Love book to give away.

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - Day 5

Retreating Storm (Yaki Point) 16x12, oil Wednesday dawned with a good bit of cloud cover, and as I drove out to Yaki Point to meet some of the other painters, I wondered how the light would be. But during monsoon season, as it is called, any morning clouds typically dissipate quickly. Show More Summary

[Createquity Reruns] The Top 10 Arts Policy Stories of 2012

yesterdayArts : Createquity

(The 2012 top arts policy stories list brings us a real-life participatory museum, a participatory effort to secure another museum’s future, and a look at what might have been had Obama lost the 2012 election. One thing that jumps out at me is how many of the top arts policy stories are really multi-year, continuing […]

Photokina 2014: Sneak peak at upcoming Fujifilm XF lenses

Fujifilm announced two cameras on the runup to Photokina - the X100T and X30. But the company is also showing off mockups of several new lenses, slated for release next year. We sat down with senior executives from Fujifilm earlier today, and got our hands on the samples. Click through to take a look at what's in store.

ThinkTank Photo has a new Production Manager that carries your gear

Sure they make our favorite camera bags. From the City walker, which is my daily bag to the Airport International for every travel photo assignment, they just know how to make the best. Why? How about pro shooters own the company and know exactly what we are looking for. High quality, extra features we all […]

Out of Practice: The Physics of Your Art Business

The reason you’re out of ideas is that you’re out of practice. I was so proud of saying this to a client the other day that I asked her to hold while I wrote down the quote. I knew to write it down because I’m in the practice of gathering ideas for my writing. Show More Summary

Learn How to Apply 2 Retro Effects to Your Photos

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create two nice retro effects using adjustment layers, brush and texture. Final Image Tutorial Details Program : Photoshop CS3 + Estimated Completion Time : 30 minutes Difficulty : Beginner Resources Child photo Bokeh I. Effect 1 Step 1 Open the photo you want to use. Use [...]

Scotland Decides

Today Scotland decides. ArtDaily found the perfect picture for the Scottish referendum on independence: the Scotland Border Sign in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s most northerly town. What amazes me about the Yes/No debate is that nobody from the Better Together campaign has pointed out that the United Kingdom is more than the sum of its parts. Show More Summary

Refuge runs stunt ad during Loose Women

Refuge, the UK domestic violence charity, yesterday ran a clever stunt campaign during an episode of ITV daytime chat show Loose Women...

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