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‘Street art’ is a pretty slippery idea. At first glance, we could slap a pretty easy definition on it: art in the streets. The common examples are paint-based (usually spray paint) visual presentations. A sort of post-vandalism graffiti art. But then again – unless the artist asked permission to adorn a particular private or public

On the 1st of every month, I’ll be publishing a “5 Monthly Reads” article, offering for your literary pleasure five of the best books I’ve read from the month before. Enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you think of the ones you do decide to pick up!
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New emotions. We’ve all heard the apocryphal stories that Eskimos have dozens of words for different types of snow. While that may not be true (in fact, Inuit languages describe snow and ice very similarly to English), there exists an even more mind-bending aspect of language differences:
 untranslatable emotions. Artist Pei-Ying Lin created a composite

On looking deeply. The practice of appreciating and looking deeply into works of art is identical to the practice of appreciating and looking deeply into fellow human beings.

Same practice, different medium. When we first look at a painting, we see the individual brush strokes, the colors, and so on.  These sensations, our first impressions, are

Beauty above us. The stars – one of the most basic sources of beauty we treasure. How many times have you gazed into a night sky and marveled at the wonders above you? For as long as humans have been making art, we’ve been striving to recreate and represent the beauty above us. Modern advancements

On the 1st of every month, I’ll be publishing a “5 Monthly Reads” article, offering for your literary pleasure five of the best books I’ve read from the month before. Enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you think of the ones you do decide to pick up!
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A musical heartbeat. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris Have you ever become aware of the smallest thing, only to realize that the little thing you’ve become aware of has the largest repercussions in your life?  In fact, it is

What does art mean? 
 That is the million dollar question, isn’t it? Who decides what a piece of art means? The artist? The art-critic? The culture in which the piece lives? The viewer?

 Perhaps the best answer is at once the most and least satisfying option: all of the above. Which leaves us

Behind the camera. Today we wrap up Part 2 of our exploration of a few pieces from photographer Qi Wong – be sure to check out Part 1! 1 of 3   Qi: This was shot was taken at 7AM right after sunrise about an hour away from Los Angeles. Driving by, this location caught my

Understanding a foundation of music. “One chord is fine, two chords and you’re pushing it, three chords and you’re into Jazz.” – Lou Reed Chords and chord changes are one of the dominant auditory features in our modern music making.   The ability to distinguish when a chord change occurs, and how chord changes are