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What Mozart and Kobe Bryant Can Teach Us About Deliberate Practice

What Mozart Can Teach Us About Deliberate Practice

He has studied the most talented creators in history—people like Mozart and Picasso—to determine how long it took them to become world class at their craft. Furthermore, he’s investigated the choices and experiences that have led to their success. Let’s talk about what Hayes has discovered about world class performers—and more importantly, let’s discuss how you can use these insights to achieve your goals. Hayes started his research by examining successful composers. He analyzed thousands of musical pieces produced between the years of 1685 and 1900. The central question that drove his work was, “How long after one becomes interested in music is it that one becomes world class?” Eventually, Hayes developed a list of 500 pieces that were played frequently by symphonies around the world and were considered to be the “masterworks” in the field. These 500 popular pieces were created by a total of 76 composers. Next, Hayes mapped out the timeline of each composer’s career and calculated how long they had been working before they created their popular works. What he discovered was that virtually every single “masterwork” was written after year ten of the composer’s career. (Out of 500 pieces there were only three exceptions, which were written in years eight and nine.) Not a single person produced incredible work without putting in a decade of practice first. Even a genius like Mozart had to work for at least ten years before he produced something that became popular. Professor Hayes began to refer to this period, which was filled with hard work and little recognition, as the “ten years of silence.”

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Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault

Leonardo da Vinci painting lost for centuries found in Swiss bank vault

It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed. But a 500-year-old mystery was apparently solved today after a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was discovered in a Swiss bank vault. The painting, which depicts Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman, was found in a private collection of 400 works kept in a Swiss bank by an Italian family who asked not to be identified. It appears to be a completed, painted version of a pencil sketch drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in Mantua in the Lombardy region of northern Italy in 1499. The sketch, the apparent inspiration for the newly found work, hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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You Call That Art?

Four of the art works in our test were done by 4-year-olds, and when we showed their artwork on the Web, and showed it to people at the mall, the kids’ work ranked ahead of most of the masters. I assumed real artists wouldn’t fall for the trick, so we invited some to take our test. Most of them also put at least some of the kids’ work up there with the masters. One artist, Victor Acevedo, described one of the children’s pieces as “a competent execution of abstract expressionism which was first made famous by de Kooning and Jackson Pollock and others. So it’s emulating that style and it’s a school of art.” When I told him the work was done by a 4-year-old he said, “That’s amazing. Give that kid a show.”

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Creativity Is a Numbers Game

Creativity Is a Numbers GameFor decades, researchers have been trying to uncover how the creative mind works and how people can become more innovative. This quote from psychologist and author R. Keith Sawyer offers an answer.

Take risks, and expect to make lots of mistakes, because creativity is a numbers game. Work hard, and take frequent breaks, but stay with it over time. Do what you love, because creative breakthroughs take years of hard work. Develop a network of colleagues, and schedule time for freewheeling, unstructured discussions. Most of all, forget those romantic myths that creativity is all about being artsy and gifted and not about hard work. They discourage us because we’re waiting for that one full-blown moment of inspiration. And while we’re waiting, we may never start working on what we might someday create.

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DIA in peril: A look at the museum’s long, tangled relationship with Detroit politics and finances

DIA in peril

Some who favor selling argue that it’s morally unconscionable to protect the art while city workers may have their pension cuts and city services, including fundamental police and fire protection, remain hamstrung by lack of resources. But those who oppose a sale argue that money would mostly go to Wall Street, that art is no less relevant to residents of modest means and that destroying one of the city’s greatest cultural institutions would leave Detroit weaker, not stronger, post-bankruptcy. Certainly one of the questions at the heart of the debate is the very definition of a city: Is it merely a civic enterprise that provides fundamental services and a frame of economic livelihood, or is it all of that, plus something more exalted: a locus of culture, creativity and human aspiration?

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How to use and understand a limited palette

How to use and understand a limited palette

Becky Joy posted a pdf for us on how to use and understand working with a limited palette.  She explains it really well.  I wish I knew this back in college.  Great info! Get it HERE

I use a limited palette, the typical warm/cool palette, which includes cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium red light, alizarine crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue and titanium white. Each of those colors has another color in it. Once you can identify the additional color, you will have better results when using the color. Following is a list of each of the paint colors with the additional color each has in it, also if it is cool or warm: Cadmium yellow light–a cool yellow, tends to appear as if it has blue in it (at least in relationship to cad yellow med).

Art For A Cause

Being inspired by art and fulfilled through the experience of giving. What a great combination!

About the Effort

When you purchase this painting for only $125 it will buy an impressive 561 Micronutrient Powder sachets to enrich the diet of three children for six months, as well as supply 1800 High Energy Biscuits fortified with vitamins, minerals and protein which provide an immediate nutritional boost a child needs in difficult times.

100% of the proceeds of this original framed watercolor painting goes towards UNICEF, a global humanitarian relief organization providing children with health care and immunizations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education and emergency relief and more.

About the Art

The work is an original 4” x 6” watercolor painting which was displayed at the Detroit Artist Market Small(er) show. The piece is completed on Arches 100% cotton archival 140 Lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. It comes matted and in a 5” x 7” black frame. Oh, and one other thing… Free shipping.

Let’s help those less fortunate and make a difference while supporting the arts.

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Cant afford to help at this time? Please assist by spreading the effort and sharing with your friends.

Detroit Artists Market Small(er) Show

The Detroit Artists Market is proud to present the DAM Small(er) Show opening Friday, August 5th, 2011 and running through August 27th.  Detroit art collectors both experienced and new will not want to miss this LARGE selection of SMALL art works by more than 100 talented Detroit area artists.  All pieces for this cash-and-carry show are limited in size to 8” by 8”, and all work is priced at $250 or less. The DAM Small(er) Show Opening Reception is August 5, 2011 from 6 – 9 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

Detroit Artists Market Small(er) Show

Detroit Artists Market Small(er) Show

DAM Small(er) Show – July 29-August 27, 2011

Small pieces. Small prices. Big names. An invitational featuring more than 50 of the area’s most talented artists exhibiting and selling small scale work at affordable prices. The market style exhibit (cash and carry) will have rotating inventory so it’s sure to be an exhibition to view several times during the two week run.

I have a few pieces that will be shown in the exhibition.  Come on out on opening night and have some fun!

Detroit Artists Market

5 Best Art Gallery Apps For The Iphone

Love Art: National Gallery, London

London’s National Gallery offers up the jewels in its crown as click-through topics, but also adds some fun functionality with an “Insight” section that lets you explore the art via themes, such as “vanity,” “light,” “hope” and “fury.”

These “Insights” come in the form of fascinating, bite-size audio commentary on particular works that relate to the theme.

In total, there’s some 250 works with video, audio and zoomable high resolution images which should help justify that price tag.

Cost: $2.99

National Gallery of Victoria

Australia isn’t the easiest place to get to, so this app, which showcases the treasures at the National Gallery of Victoria, is a real treat for all you non-Aussie art fans.

You can view the highlights of the gallery’s collection as well as find out more about the current exhibitions, with images and info on all the displays.

Cost: Free

Musée du Louvre

The Louvre is one of the most famous art museums in the world, housed in a historic landmark — the Palais du Louvre.

The Musee du Louvre app lets you explore both highlights of the collection and the palace itself, in a nice “Cover Flow-style” layout.

Multi-lingual video tours will take you on a virtual visit through parts of the palace, while text info will tell you what you should take a closer look at in the high res image library.

Cost: Free

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art

On one hand, the MoMA app is a useful companion product for those visiting the gallery. On the other, it’s a brilliant resource for those who can’t get there in person.

As far as visitors go, there’s practical info about what’s on display, and a fun MoMA “Snaps” function that lets you turn a photo into a museum postcard.

The audio “Mobile Tours” can be used for insight while viewing the works at the gallery, or to find out more from afar.

This comprehensive app also boasts an alphabetical lists of artists, an art terms glossary, and a way to search the collection based on medium.

Cost: Free

National Portrait Gallery

This highly informative app from the British National Portrait Gallery offers a wealth of art knowledge via both audio commentary and video.

Highlights of the collection are organized by themes, with audio for “Kings and Queens,” “Science and Discovery,” “Fame and Celebrity,” and “Writers.” The video content is listed in a timeline.

There is also practical info for anyone planning a real-life trip, and a zoomable map so you don’t get lost once you’re there.

Cost: $1.99