Henri Matisse: Piano Lesson. 1916

Henri Matisse: Piano Lesson. 1916

“When I have found the relationship of all the tones the result must be a living harmony of tones, a harmony not unlike that of a musical composition.”[i] Henri Matisse stated this in “Notes of a Painter” in 1908, a piece written to reveal some of his inner ideals, theories, and aims as an artist. Eight years later, in the late summer of 1916, Matisse painted in the living room of his villa in Issy-les-Moulineuax and created one of his most compositionally, tonally, and mentally successful paintings, Piano Lesson. Continue reading

This I Believe

Using Social Media For Your Marketing Campaign

Introduction

Since the rise of social media, companies have undoubtedly changed their strategies of gaining and retaining customers through online resources. Why would they not? Facebook offers free profiles, pages, and groups which provide access to over 500 million users. Yellow pages, newspapers, magazines, and other traditional print listings and advertisements are expensive and time-consuming, putting them on a plummeting decline for good reason. Meanwhile, social media allows for the casual connection between consumer and company, opening the doors for direct and instantaneous interaction. It is personal, captive, and credible.

This is why 70% of local businesses are using Facebook for their marketing campaign, a 20% increase over the past year, surpassing Google as the most widely used marketing method (MerchantCircle, 2011). The statistics do not stop there Continue reading

A New Trait Theory: What Neurology Tells Us about Creativity And What it Means to Leadership

Introduction

In recent years, the classic line ‘great leaders are born, not made’ has been denounced by greats such as Colin Powel and Leadership author, Marshall Goldsmith, who have stated the opposite, ‘great leaders are made, not born’ (Stanford GSB News, 2005; Goldsmith, M., 2008). While history links the former statement with the original trait theory of Leadership, advancements in neurology allow us to see both statements anew – both true. Continue reading

A New Conciousness

A New Consciousness (12/2006)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. –Rene Descartes

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact. –Jean-Paul Sartre

In his most famous affirmation, Descartes (1596-1650) said “Cogito ergo sum” (“I think, therefore I am”). This is to say that essence precedes existence and humans may doubt existence all they want, but one cannot doubt the thinking consciousness. In comparison, Existentialists reject this theory and assert that the ultimate reality is, according to Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), “being in the world.”  In other words, existence precedes essence and humans are given a world to their consciousness. These profound realities both hold weight in their logic but are in exact opposition. Which is correct? Continue reading

Book List Additions


Ramachandran

Turner

LeDoux

Mark Rothko: Transcendent Emotion

Utter Rapture

“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.” – Arnold Bennett

Taoism is one of the most eminent religious and philosophical constitutions of Eastern Asia. Cultivated for over two millennia, Taoism endured years of transformation and interpretation, yet has retained its basic principles. Tao (or Dao) translates as the “path” or “way” of life; therefore, Taoism speaks to the ebbs and flows, balance and orderliness, of the universe (Hansen, C., 2007). Due to its fluid nature, Taoism speaks to the impermanence of all things. Existence is the lack of the eternal, as nothing is everlasting. The process of decay is then just as encompassing as birth or renewal. Continue reading

Pablo Picasso: Time and Space Encapsulated

Wrong to Assume?

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso

The human brain, the world’s ultimate meaning-seeker, is so curious that it often jumps to conclusions. In society, we often think negatively of assumptions because of their stereotypical nature. We say, do not assume that such and such has happened; rather, go to the source and hear the truth for yourself. To assume is to create falsified information – that is, if you are wrong. Continue reading

Salvador Dali: The Living Unconscious

The Mind’s Eye

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.” – Salvador Dali

Helen Fukuhara, wife of a watercolor artist and daughter of an abstract painter, received her bachelor’s degree in music and speech arts. She later went on to study fine art, including ceramics, printmaking, and mixed media in Los Angeles. Eventually, she moved towards two-dimensional work. She is now 61 years old and continues to make art.

None of this sounds minutely interesting, as it almost appears to be a somewhat predictable storyline. Except that Helen is congenitally blind. Continue reading

Moo Cows

Afternoon with Irish Cows

There were a few dozen who occupied the field
across the road from where we lived,
stepping all day from tuft to tuft,
their big heads down in the soft grass,
though I would sometimes pass a window
and look out to see the field suddenly empty
as if they had taken wing, flown off to another country.

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