Picasso Ceramics; an impression

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Pablo Picasso

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Picasso is his iconic oil painting. I wasn’t familiar with his other works and was glad to see Louisiana Museum hosting an exibition on Picasso Ceramics.

What follows are a few of my favorite pieces currently exhibited at Louisiana Museum.

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c/o louisiana museum x pablo picasso

c/o louisiana museum x pablo picasso

c/o louisiana museum x pablo picasso

c/o louisiana museum x pablo picasso

c/o louisiana museum x pablo picasso

Art has a way to expand our lives in unimaginable ways. If only we let it.

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Fashion killa

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“Clothes make a man. Naked people have little or no influence on society”.

– Mark Twain

If you told my thirteen year old self that one day I would own more than ten pairs of shoes, at one time, I’d say you’re crazy! As a child, I fondly remember relying on my mum to do my clothes shopping for me. I could care less what she bought, maybe sometimes wanting my favorite superhero on my t-shirt. She had my complete trust and full control.

Into my early twenties, I began having a slight interest in the clothes I wear but was still heavily reliant on girlfriends to pick out what to buy from the shops. Beyond jeans and polo tees, maybe the occasional shirt, I knew of nothing more. In some sense, I had my insecurities which I hid behind ‘safe clothes’, to avoid attention and scrutiny.

How things have changed.

Today, I find myself noticing styles of what people are wearing, browsing the internet for style guides and educating myself on the grand world of style and fashion. Through accumulated knowledge, I am beginning to develop an intuition for my own style. Fashion, to me, is art you can wear daily as a form of self-expression. I definitely feel a lot more confident wearing well-made and well-fitting clothes. And then there’s accessories as well to further accentuate your expression.

My style now is one of refined understatement. I look for pieces that are made to last, often mixing casual with refined pieces. I am sure my style will continue to evolve as I navigate through life.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Exciting times ahead.

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Thinking 10x

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“Perspective shifts will unlock more than smartness will.”

– Astro Teller

One of my favorite topic to think about is the art of thinking. It is a powerful act after all. A person’s life condition is heavily influenced by how and what he thinks.

I am always intrigue by the thought process of different people either due to nature or nurture. Depending on how you think, it can either contract or expand your life.

If you think that you’ll never in this lifetime go out with your crush, you’ve basically resigned yourself to that fate. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If, however, you think you stand a chance a ask your crush out, at least there’s a 50/50 chance for success. And our lives is a collection of all these decisions we make every waking moment which just goes to show how big a role our mindset plays in our life.

When pursuing something, the usual attitude is to go for a modest target which seems achievable given our current abilities. Unfortunately, this limiting thinking may just be the reason of our failure. Which brings me to 10x thinking.

Instead of aiming for and thinking about a 10% improvement to the present situation, we should think about what it would be like to get a 1000% improvement and what it takes to get there. This mode of thinking is the harder path but it opens the door of possibilities immediately and often times leads to more fun too. Even when you fall short of the target, you’d still gain a lot more than if you just aimed for the 10% improvement.

So, when presented with the next opportunity, think about 10x bigger. This is something I am working on myself and it gets me excited. Great things will come. And here’s a short podcast to help you get on your way.

“I think, therefore, I am.”

– Réne Descartes

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Creative Life

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Something magical happens when creativity is expressed. It gives birth to incredible architecture, emotional art, moving sounds, cosmic expressions, breathtaking science. The list goes on. It is in the very core of us as human beings to create but where does it all come from?

With access to modern tools and platforms for sharing, the barrier to create something and share your labor of love is lower than ever before. In a cruel twist of fate, the abundance in creative work could easily relegate a person to the role of a mere consumer, paralyzed and addicted for more content to satiate the ‘boring life’. We must be wary.

Creativity is something I strive for daily. Be it in art, at work and in life. There is always room for more creativity. We need  to harness and apply it.

We each have our own creative voice but we need silence for it to be heard. Hence I cherish periods of time alone, in silence, trying to coax the voice out. When it does emerge, all I have to do is just get out of the way and let it sing.

Creativity is life. And I cannot imagine life without it.

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Time

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Time.

A concept developed by humankind to gain a sense of reference to daily happenings.

An illusion of being in this space.

Time.

We are enslave by it. We are strengthen by it.

Time.

Is absolute. Is relative.

TIme. Again, time.

 

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Poetry Tuesday – Sojourns in the Parallel World

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When we are swept away by narcissism and blinded by pursuit of gratification from vanity, always remember of nature’s indifference to it all. Our existence are but a blip. Whenever I get ahead of myself, I know nature has her way to remind me and put me in my place. And that is heartening.

The following poem is an expression of our relationship with nature, written by Denise Levertov and read by actor American Ferrera. Please enjoy!

Sojourns in the Parallel World
by Denise Levertov

We live our lives of human passions,
cruelties, dreams, concepts,
crimes and the exercise of virtue
in and beside a world devoid
of our preoccupations, free
from apprehension—though affected,
certainly, by our actions. A world
parallel to our own though overlapping.
We call it “Nature”; only reluctantly
admitting ourselves to be “Nature” too.
Whenever we lose track of our own obsessions,
our self-concerns, because we drift for a minute,
an hour even, of pure (almost pure)
response to that insouciant life:
cloud, bird, fox, the flow of light, the dancing
pilgrimage of water, vast stillness
of spellbound ephemerae on a lit windowpane,
animal voices, mineral hum, wind
conversing with rain, ocean with rock, stuttering
of fire to coal—then something tethered
in us, hobbled like a donkey on its patch
of gnawed grass and thistles, breaks free.
No one discovers
just where we’ve been, when we’re caught up again
into our own sphere (where we must
return, indeed, to evolve our destinies)
—but we have changed, a little.

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Reflections – 14.05.2018

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“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

– Epictetus

Writing this post reaffirms my thoughts on how a bit of work each day will eventually grow into something substantial. By making a promise to myself and committing to it no matter what, I am post number thirty-eight deep out of my one hundred post target.

Too often, I kept putting off the act of starting a blog. Even a blog post once a week would’ve generated fifty-two posts in a year. It adds up. And it sure feels a whole lot better to be on this side of taking ownership and make something. With just a little over a month into this project, I can confidently say I have written more than I ever have since leaving school.

It hasn’t been easy. Some days are harder than others. What I learnt, though, is that it is entirely up to me to get it done. No compromises, no excuses. Given the right attitude to this priority, I find myself preparing post ahead of going on a trip to make it easier to post later, using any free time to work on the next post. The challenge is uncomfortable at times but I am learning so much about my potential to make it happen when I put my mind to it. At the same time, it feels great to exert myself creatively on a daily basis.

I am glad to have finally pulled the trigger and started on a creative journey with this first project. Already I am starting to have ideas of my next projects. Now, I am armed with a bit more confidence with the knowledge that I can do what I set out to do, if I wanted to.

I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul
– William Ernest Henley (from the poem Invictus)

The hard choices are often the best choices.

 

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