How to Stay Positive No Matter What

It саn be hаrd tо bе роѕіtіvе іf уоu fееl іnѕесurе. With these five tips, уоu’ll fіnd nеw ways to focus оn staying positive, whісh саn hеlр уоu fееl mоrе сеrtаіn іn these unсеrtаіn times.

Tір 1: Rеmаіn Grаtеful

Rough times can саuѕе еvеn thе most joyous of реорlе tо lоѕе sight of whаt they have, simply bесаuѕе thеу gеt саught uр іn the rасе tо reach what thеу wаnt. Whеn wе get blосkеd frоm thаt goal, instead оf ѕtауіng роѕіtіvе, wе stress оut аnd thе negativity bеgіnѕ tо сrеер in оnсе mоrе. Inѕtеаd of getting angry thаt уоu did not gеt whаt уоu wаntеd whеn уоu wаntеd іt, turn thаt energy around, and turn іt іntо grаtіtudе fоr whаt уоu hаvе аlrеаdу gained or асhіеvеd.

Tір 2: Embrасе Chаllеngеѕ

Rаthеr thаn looking at аnуthіng thаt gets іn уоur way аѕ a negative, оnе trісk tо staying роѕіtіvе is tо embrace that negative аѕ a сhаllеngе. Life іѕ nоt еаѕу, аnd уоu wоuld bе a fооl tо bеlіеvе that еvеrуthіng wоrth hаvіng ѕhоuld bе easy tо get. Inѕtеаd of wallowing іn ѕеlf-ріtу, рut уоur creativity tо work іn fіndіng a wау around the оbѕtасlе, rаthеr thаn lеttіng іt dеfеаt уоu. Lіfе wоuld bе vеrу bоrіng if еvеrуthіng саmе easy.

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Ways to Find and Express Your Creativity

Whаt comes to mіnd when you hear thе еxрrеѕѕіоn “Crеаtіvе Flоw”?

It’ѕ lіkеlу уоu’ll thіnk оf the kind оf scenario where you саn еѕсаре frоm thе dеmаndѕ of thе dау tо dау and spend hоurѕ on еnd undіѕturbеd аnd lоѕt in your оwn сrеаtіvіtу, wіth іdеаѕ аnd the development оf thоѕе іdеаѕ coming аѕ easily аѕ brеаthіng.

Yеѕ thіѕ is of соurѕе an accurate dерісtіоn of whаt a session of сrеаtіvе flоw іѕ fоr mоѕt оf uѕ. But іt’ѕ аn idealised version, аnd іf we hold іt as thе ONLY соndіtіоnѕ аnd ѕtаtе wе can bе сrеаtіvе under, іt ѕеtѕ us up for dіѕарроіntmеnt.

Added tо thаt, this kіnd оf сrеаtіvе flow dоеѕn’t just hарреn еvеrу tіmе уоu sit dоwn tо сrеаtе. Unlеѕѕ уоu hаvе the undеrlуіng ѕtаtе оf flоw in рlасе.  Continue reading “Ways to Find and Express Your Creativity” »


Drawing Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Drаwіng is a lоt of fun, and my life wоuld not bе nearly аѕ enjoyable as іt іѕ nоw іf I dіdn’t knоw hоw tо drаw. Lеаrnіng to drаw іѕ not аѕ hard as ѕоmе реорlе mаkе it out tо bе, оr as уоur own еxреrіеnсеѕ might hаvе tоld уоu. Thе kеу іѕ to ѕtаrt оut with the basic drаwіng techniques. Pісkіng uр аnd еvеntuаllу mаѕtеrіng these ѕіmрlе tесhnіԛuеѕ will form thе fоundаtіоn оf your еntіrе drawing аdvеnturе.

1 – If аt аll роѕѕіblе, аlwауѕ drаw frоm lіfе аnd nоt photographs. 

2 – When drаwіng, less іѕ ѕоmеtіmеѕ better. Do not аttеmрt tо draw еvеrу line and detail that уоu ѕее or you wіll gіvе уоur vіеwеr tоо muсh information to аbѕоrb.

3 – Dо nоt trу аnd gеt аll оf thе information іn your drаwіng соmрlеtеd at one ѕіttіng. Drаwіng is a process. Lауоut the gеnеrаl idea of уоur drаwіng аnd then slowly аdd іn your details. Continue reading “Drawing Tips and Tricks for Beginners” »


5 Tips For Making Your Gym More Artsy

Often than not, the gym isn’t a place where you can expect to appreciate art. It was what I used to think about fitness gyms but not until I visited a posh gym replete with some very artistic pieces.

It’s not unusual for artists to find ways to express their artistry – and the gym walls, flooring, and overall interiors are a good canvas for showing off your creativity. Whether it is a gym filled with dumbbells or trampolines like the ones at Trampolinify, you can always find creative ways to turn these boring spaces into a haven of art.

While not all people who go to the gym pay attention to these decorations, it does have a hidden effect that can help motivate gym members to workout. Studies have shown that the atmosphere around you does have an effect on your mindset. Adding art and beauty even in the most peculiar spaces has always been recognized in enhancing one’s state of mind.

A friend of my mine was recently tapped to work on making a gym more visually appealing. He asked a few inputs from me which I excitedly did. Here are some tips on the art of designing gym interiors:

  1. Be simple and sleek.

Instead of the all too usual wall posters commonly seen in bare gym walls, you can be more artistic and expressive, choosing modern, minimalist art pieces. In the past, you would see gym walls covered with all sorts of banners of muscled dudes and gals. Other gyms would hang advertising posters from their equipment, such as the best treadmills or trampoline brands as can be seen here at These are very unattractive and do not inspire people to work out.

Good gym art should encourage workout and not complicate things. People would be using different equipment and thus it should not look scattered and unrelated. The overall theme needs to be simplistic.

  1. Maintain airy and light atmosphere.

When thinking of the art elements to put inside, consider that it is a place where people will sweat it out and relax. These places need to have plenty of light so that people remain safe and have a good view of what they are doing. It also needs to be airy as it is essential for maintaining your pace and fresh vibe in the environment.

  1. Incorporate mirrors.

Mirrors are a regular part of the gym – it’s indispensable. When thinking about the best gym art, it should blend well with the purpose of the mirror. It shouldn’t obstruct the view of the mirror. Take note that gym-goers use the mirrors to watch what they are doing. This enables them to see the right posture, form and technique are done. And more importantly, mirrors let people see their progress inspiring them to work more.

  1. Ease of cleaning.

The décor should not add clutter to the gym. Expect the gym to be a little scattered after people have worked out, it makes sense to ensure that the art is easy to clean too. This ensures that the place remains clean and free of clutter.

  1. Art with purpose.

The gym needs to have a plenty of available storage spaces for all gym users. You can add art pieces that can have a double purpose of being storage spaces. Not only does it make the gym look visually appealing, it also helps keep things organized. For instance, you can add boxes clad with inspirational pictures or posters which people can find motivation and encouragement.

Overall, the decorations and art pieces you put inside the gym should be in line with the overall purpose for which people are coming in for – that is to work out!


How Art Helped My Life

Hey, it’s Sarah here. I want to talk about a benefit to art that most people don’t talk about: therapy through art. I used to have serious depression; it was bad to the point that there were points that I didn’t want to continue with life. However, art saved me. Does that sound like a melodramatic statement? I mean it 100%. Most people think of art as something that you sit around, look at, drink wine, and just generally look smart. However, art is so much more than that. Hopefully if you are depressed as well, like I used to be, you can find a way to help yourself get back on your feet.

One of the most practical values of art for people with clinical depression is the sense of order. When you are depressed, often it seems like nothing has the proper order or place that it needs, and you can feel very lost. It’s easy to be alone in a room full of people you like. I’m not going to pretend like this is the end-all-be-all cure for depression, but it has worked for me. When I look at beautiful paintings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it takes me into other places. It makes life seem so much more bearable, compared to all of the darkness that my mind tells me is real. It is a great escape for me.

how-art-helped-my-lifeArt really helps because to fully appreciate it you have to study the history of the art. When you study art, you find that so many great artists were depressed out of their minds. Vincent Van Gogh likely had serious clinical depression, yet his art endures today. It is good (at least for me!) to know that beautiful things can come out of people with serious depression. My depressed mind does not define me! I can still leave a legacy. It gives me an escape to know that other artists have gone before me, overcome their depression (in some cases) and created works like “Starry Night.”

I have gone to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There is more art there than you could fit into full truck load transport from ITA Logistics. The Met has art from every era and time period; there is something for everyone. Musical instruments? Check. African art? Check. Western art? Double check. It is the perfect place to lose yourself in art.

Making art allows you to retrain your mind, as well. Creating art of your own makes your mind believe it has some control, which is something that depression can take away from you. When you train your mind to be in control, you start to feel empowered to live your life how YOU want. It’s amazing that art can do something like that, right? Art has more power than we give it credit.

So if you are struggling with depression, get help! And while you’re getting help, lose yourself in art. It’s one of the best distractions around.


Why Every Artist Should Study Literature

Some of the best art is inspired by literature. Don’t believe me? Just look at most of the enduring works of art. To start with, many pieces of art that are well-known and famous are Christian in nature. Now, whatever you may personally believe about Christianity you can’t deny that the Bible is a work of literature that has had a massive effect on the world. Think of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, stained glass, or almost any painting by Gustave Dore. In addition, many people have painted famous works such as Robin Hood, Don Quixote, and even Tom Sawyer. Literature has a massive effect on the world of art and vice versa.

One of the most important reasons to study literature for art is because it forces you to mentally picture what is going on in the work. You have to create an image in your mind from scratch in order to truly interact with the work. For example, take Dante’s Inferno. The amount of detail in that work is amazing; Dante’s vision of hell is brilliantly detailed. Gustave Dore did the most famous illustrations for this work, but other artists like Salvador Dali have their own artistic interpretations of hell.

The point is that learning how to turn details on a page into details on a paper or canvas is an art that few people will ever attain. If you can read words on a page and turn those words into an interesting drawing or painting you are miles ahead of the most artists because you don’t have a real physical reference. Learning to draw from your mind is something that you need to learn how to do, because few people can do it. Drawing things JUST from physical models is all well and good, but it does not compare to sketching a great work of art from your mind. When you’re skiing in the mountains using great equipment from Winter Badass, you see all the beautiful scenery and mountains. However, the real challenge comes when you try to draw that from memory later. Use your memories to practice drawing from your mind!

The next step is drawing from your imagination. Once you learn how to do this, you have taken massive steps. It’s one thing to look at mountains, remove your best ski gloves, and draw right then and there. It is quite another beast to imagine a mountain range and draw that.

Reading literature gives you images for your mind to use; it’s like a kickstarter for your imagination. It’s a happy middle between memory and imagination; you can draw from descriptions, but you have to throw in your own interpretation. I would start with image-rich texts such as Paradise Lost, The Lord of the Rings, or works by H.P. Lovecraft. Once you read and you feel your imagination firing, just go ahead and draw from your imagination. You won’t regret learning to read literature and drawing it!


Surefire Tips For Storing Your Artworks And Avoiding Losses

After pouring your soul and devoting hours working on canvas painting, the last thing that you’d ever want to happen is for your artwork to get damaged.

For someone who relies on artworks as source of income, I know just how important proper storage is. It is for this reason that I make sure I have stackable boxes always ready to store my artworks. To avoid these plastic boxes from cluttering my workroom, I organize them in several collar pallets. I’ve found Kronus Collars pallet to be very useful in this sources.

Before I invested on these boxes, I ended up wasting several canvas paintings. It was too late for me to save the unframed canvas paintings that I stacked away in the garage. Now I know, the basement, garage and closet are not the best places to store paintings. And probably the worst thing you can do with your creative works is not putting them in proper holders.

Here let’s take a look at some tips on how to properly store your paintings.

  • Never keep your paintings in the attic or basement. These places are usually damp or dry.
  • If storing paintings for a long time, the best places to store them are at temperature- and humidity-controlled storage units.
  • If you want to store paintings in a room at your house, make sure it has consistent and adequate temperature. You may also need to install a dehumidifier.
  • Avoid laying paintings on top of each other. However, if you need to transport them and laying them against each other is inevitable, be sure to place padding in between.
  • If storing several framed paintings, be sure to use a painting rack.
  • Never leave your canvass on a concrete floor. It can absorb the dampness of the floor and damage your artwork.
  • If storing your painting for long periods, lay it on a board or acid free paper. Cover the entire painting with a dry, clean cloth.
  • Every once in a while, take out the paintings that have been in storage for a long time. This will give it air thus preventing the build-up of humidity and molding.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity, as well as sudden changes. The canvass may become slacker on the stretcher when exposed to a very humid room or with higher temperatures. On the other hand, the canvass may appear tightened when the room temperature and humidity is too low. Meanwhile, frequent changes in temperature can lead to cracking and flaking in the paint. To keep the canvass and paint in perfect shape, try to maintain the humidity level at around 55% and the temperature at 21 degrees Celsius. If your storage room is way above these parameters and you can’t control it, better rent a climate-controlled storage unit. That would be a wiser option than losing your artworks.
  • Choose a storage place that is away from sources of heat such as oven, fireplace, or heater.
  • Store your paintings in places that do not have direct exposure to sunlight, as this can lead to pigmentation.

There you have it, some practical tips on how to store your painting canvas and keep it in good shape. So, the next time you need to store your paintings, you know what to do!

Should Martial Arts Be Considered Arts?

Let’s take a quick break from creative arts and crafts. For this post, I’d like to talk about another art form that is in a totally different dimension – martial arts.

Just a few weeks ago, a friend of mine invited me to attend his martial arts training. Although I’m not really into this kind of sport, I obliged to her request. Like most of you. I, for a very long time, have been wondering why martial arts is called an art? Is it really a form of art?

It was good that I attended my friend’s training. Now, I finally saw firsthand how meticulous and disciplined these martial artists are. From donning of their training gears to executing their routines to bowing out of the ring, they seem to follow strict rules and discipline. They seem to follow certain codes with the type of fighting gears that they wear. I’ve seen the trainees wearing different colored Kung Fu belts, some you can see here.

While watching their routines, I couldn’t help but think that Kung Fu could indeed be a kinesthetic art form. Just like ballet, interpretative dance, and dances, the trainees use their body to showcase carefully choreographed moves. When executed in synch as a group, these routines just look awesome. In this respect, martial arts could be considered a product of human creation and indeed a form of art.

But when these martial artists go into sparring sessions, their routines turn into a competitive sport. I’m not sure where the aesthetic element of the routines has gone but what I see is just the physical battle between the two trainees.

In another aspect, martial arts can be considered an art form because of the dedication, study, talent and discipline that it requires. All of these elements are considered essential in all forms of art.

There is a debate as to what would be considered as the aesthetic component of martial arts. Some say that the aesthetics aspect is shown in the discipline of the practice, while others say that as long as the routines are done perfectly, aesthetics component isn’t necessary. Having the elements of study and discipline plus being a product of human creation are enough to categorize martial arts as an art form.

Personally, I would consider martial arts as a unique art form where you use your body and physicality to show fluid movements. It is an art in the sense that not everyone can do the routines a martial artist does; in the same way as not everyone can actually come up with artistic creations. Where we use our paintbrush, oil paint and canvass to depict our visions, martial artists use their body to show their creative moves.

Having said all that, I guess, I might want to give martial arts a try. Not to prove that it’s an art form but just to sweat it out and work my muscles.

Are martial arts a form of art? What do you think?


8 Unconventional Art Media That You Might Want to Try

Creative artists are just like musicians. At some point in the artist’s life, you have to decide what artistic medium to specialize in. In the same manner, a musician also needs to choose what instrument to play.

Guitars and drums are two of the most popular musical instruments. Piano and brass comes next. Perhaps, not so popular are wind instruments like saxophones. But judging by the reviews of alto saxophone at, I guess it’s actually easy to learn and also sounds good.

In arts, traditional drawing media include oil paint, acrylic paint, charcoal, chalk, airbrush, pencil, pastel, watercolor, tempera, and pen and ink. But just like saxophone, there are also a number of art media that are less heard of. Here let’s take a look at some of some non-regular and unconventional materials that you can turn into an alternative art media.

  1. Toilet paper rolls

Before you even throw them to trash, you might want to give it a second look and consider it for your next art project. Anastassia Elias just made it her medium, creating real-life miniature scenes by cutting out scenes from paper and placing it inside the roll to create a silhouette.

  1. Human body

Instead of using the conventional paper or canvass, you can turn human bodies into an art canvass. Usually, naked human bodies are painted with artworks and digital photographic images are taken. Works of Cecilia Webber and Guido Daniele show how human body can be literally transformed into masterpieces.

Human body

  1. Matchsticks

This one will make you feel nostalgic about your childhood. Ever remembered playing with matchsticks? Stanislav Aristov sees matchsticks in a different way. He arranges the matchsticks to create an artwork and then burns them while taking digital images.

  1. Land

Who said you need to buy expensive art supplies? Cornelia Konrads only need land to produce her masterpieces. She takes art outdoors and installs gravity-defying land art and structures that float in mid-air.

  1. Color pencils

I’m not talking about drawing with color pencils. Not that. I’m literally talking about using pencils as materials to create sculptures. Jennifer Maestre has some impressive artworks made of the colorful spikes of color pencils.

  1. Chewing gum

Perhaps, grossest in this list of art media, chewing gum can actually create stunning sculpture. This is what Maurizio Savini proves in his artworks. He uses chewing gum as his prime art material because of its versatility.

  1. Cassette tapes

Who said old cassette tapes are useless? For Erika Iris Simmons, she sees cassette tapes not as junk but as art medium. Using these threads, she creates portraits of popular people like Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon.

  1. Dirty car

Artist Scott Wade purposefully avoids going to the car wash and maintains his dirty car so he can use it to create amazing art on the car windshield and windows. They look very impressive!

These are just a few of the many unconventional items that you can actually turn into art medium for your next artworks. You don’t really need to look far to find items that can be turned into art. Just look around and you’ll surely find a lot!


7 Surefire Ways To Make Your Artwork Popular Online

If there’s one thing that visual artists should be truly thankful of, that would be the Internet.

The Internet is certainly the best way to get artworks out and seen by audiences around the world. I’m actually wondering how budding artists flourished and caught an audience before the age of the World Wide Web. It must have been very difficult considering the limitations of print media. With the Internet, you have full control of your online presence.

Often, it is not enough to make an outstanding artwork to get noticed online. I know a number of great and promising artists with amazing works that are overlooked online, and I’ve also seen countless useless art that gets viral on the internet. It seems that Internet users are not really discerning and considering the quality of work. Posting your artwork online often becomes a hit-or-miss situation where you are unsure whether your work will be next hit.

An artist-friend of mine has one artwork (oil on canvass) that has been posted, shared and reblogged thousands of times. It was a painting of his then new drum set – one that he just accidentally saw at and bought as a gift for himself. He wouldn’t consider the painting his best work, so it came as a big surprise when he saw the artwork getting attention online. Many of his works, which I could say are considerably better, have gone relatively ignored.

The Internet, like its users, can be very tricky. You have to position yourself and package your work well to get noticed. Here let me share with you several surefire ways to reach a broader audience:

  1. Showcase your art in different social media sites.

Make the most of the internet’s wide audience by setting up accounts across different sites — Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, and Instagram. The best thing about social media is that it’s free! Alongside your social media accounts, it would help to have a main website.

  1. Post regularly.

You can gain more audience and followers if you regularly update your sites. No matter how incredible your work is, it won’t match with several crappy artworks that are posted by other visual artists. People tend to follow social media accounts and websites that are active and have a consistent activity. On the other hand, make sure that your posts are relevant, useful and attractive. Do not re-post your work over and over again as it would only do you bad.

  1. Interact with your followers.

Consider comments from your readers as compliments. Take time to interact with them. Reply to their message. Interaction is essential in maintaining your followers.

  1. Interesting descriptions.

It is not enough to just post your artwork. Normally, your audience would want to know a little more about the art so be sure to add a few lines of description. These short descriptions would also help rank your page in search engines.

  1. Showcase your best.

With so many other visual artists posting their own artwork, it can be difficult to stand out. Be sure to post artworks that showcase how artistically gifted you are. However, this does not mean that you shouldn’t post sketches or works in progress. Some of your readers may also enjoy seeing your creative process or the behind-the-scenes view. These posts would surely add value to your site.

  1. Post the best images of your artwork.

Quite obviously, you want your portfolio to contain only the best. You may need to invest in a high quality camera as well as taking up basic photography lessons. Better yet, you might want to have a professional photographer do the shoots. Invest time in editing stills of your artwork, such as cropping or scaling, through image manipulation software.

  1. Publish your work on other sites.

There are a lot of online publication sites that feature work of visual artists. Submit your work to these sites and reap the benefits of getting exposure to a new audience. You can also guest post in other visual artists’ blogs to get more eyes to your work.

By doing these tips, your artwork will surely get more views online.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try now!

Are You Still Having a Hard Time Finding a Creative Inspiration? Read This

It’s not unusual for artists to find themselves in the midst of a creative slump. I’ve been in the same situation many times. I’ve found myself lots of creative inspirations.

I take creative inspiration from all sorts of sources. Ever since I started drawing and painting, I have retained this magpie attitude towards finding artistic inspiration.

I don’t settle with just one theme or genre. I read books. I watch films. I watch TV. I listen to music. I attend art events.

I immerse in the ordinariness of everyday life in the street. I observe people in their work. I consider the colors that surround me. Suffice it to say, I find inspiration in all the little things.

I carry with me a scrapbook where I scribble or quickly draw whatever I find interesting. I admire other artworks and get idea of what I should not be doing.

But among the collage of inspirations, I’ve always ran back to nature whenever I find a hard time creating something new. I consider nature as the wellspring of art.

Whether I am working on a digital art project or painting or drawing or any creative piece, I’ve never failed to find inspiration from nature. Nature abounds with numerous inspiring themes and subjects.

From the infancy of human civilization, nature has always played an essential role in our creative expression. Seascapes and landscapes, flora and fauna – mankind relied on nature for daily survival and this has shaped how we interpret and view the world around us. Our pre-historic ancestors took cue from nature and have adapted it as part of their cultural and personal identity. And we still do even in our modern times.

I could easily find inspiration from staring at the stars or sitting by the beachfront or camping in the outdoors. In fact, I consider a particular landscape canvass painting as one of the best artworks I’ve done so far. I made that painting as a tribute to the hunting trip that I had with my dad.

It was the summer of last year when we drove some 20 miles south to the nearest natural park. A hunting enthusiast, my dad brought with him his hunting rifle and camping gear while I brought with me an air rifle that I found at RifleJudge and my arsenal of painting supplies.

It was a perfect respite especially that I felt losing my creative flair at that time. I found myself in the middle of idyllic scenery – sun rays beaming from the thick clouds, crisp autumn aspen trees, rugged mountains at the backdrop and the alpine lake reflecting this visual treat– I couldn’t help but start painting. After I completed the artwork, it’s just surreal. It seems to invite its audience to take a moment to rest and reflect.

So, the next time you find a hard being creative, take my advice – go elsewhere. Spend some time with nature. It may not be too far, perhaps, in a nearby park. I’ve learned that moving away from your desk, discovering and experiencing the world can help spark that inner creativity in you.

Picasso, Art and Music

Picasso, Art and MusicWho wouldn’t love the unique, revolutionary artistic style of Pablo Picasso? Who doesn’t know about Cubism or Modernism?

One of the most celebrated and astounding artists of the early 20th century, Pablo Picasso has always had a special place in my heart. I consider his art movement as an inspiration in many of my artworks. In this post, allow me to give you peak at how music has influenced the art of Pablo Picasso.

Picasso’s art and music

In many of his paintings, Picasso has showcased his penchant for music – something that is typical in the Spanish culture. Aside from music, Picasso also enjoyed the fairs and traditional carnivals of Catalonia. He loved the local flamenco music and admired Spanish songs about poverty, love and bullfighting. All of these can be seen as recurring themes and subjects in his paintings and sculpture.

Given the strong connection between Picasso’s art and music, it is not surprising to know that Picasso also inspired many musicians, composers and artists of his time.

I’ve personally listened to a collection of musical pieces during Picasso’s time. Entitled Art and Music: Picasso – Music of His Time by Hugh Griffith, the selection of pieces gives a vivid description of the musical backdrop for the Spanish painter’s impressive originality. In this album, we listen to the pieces of the finest composers of his time interpreted by some of the most respected orchestras.

I highly recommend listening to the rendition of Pulcinella Overture as played in a chorus of digital pianos and other musical instrument. I just wonder what digital piano model they have used in this album. Perhaps, I could see that model here at But nonetheless, the music of his time could have really inspired him to his artistic journey.

Cubism and music

It was in 1912 when the Spanish painter started the Cubism movement in the world of art. Inspired by Georges Braque, he diverted from still life subjects – the most popular art movement of that time – and started working on disjointed objects broken into parts without care for depth, volume and other artistic aspects.

The completely new artistic style gave birth to ‘Cubism.’ This art movement, characterized by seemingly reassembled parts without effort and respect to the traditional concepts of space, reflected the realities of that certain period. It was at the turn of the century where the old scientific, social and political orders were undergoing a revolutionary change. Picasso’s work challenged the traditional artistic movements. His artistic works saw a complete turn away from what the art community has so well accepted.

Throughout all his revolutionary artworks, we could still see how music was an ever present theme. The Piano, The Tree Musicians and Parade are just a few of his artworks that concretely exemplified how important music was in the life and art of Picasso.

The artistic genius of Picasso could well have been influenced by his close association with other artists and musicians that he met at the Café El Quatre Gats in Barcelona and at the bistro Au Lapin Agile in Paris.

Picasso was also involved in the Ballets Russes by Serge Diaghilev. He designed the costumes and stage curtain which also reflected his concepts of sculptural and pictorial space. This part of his life is represented by the Cubist painting Parade. Equally inspired by Picasso, some of his musician friends even wrote music inspired by his art.

Like the ineffability of music, the works of Picasso are mostly abstract and leaves all interpretation open to its audience. Truly, music and art are two closely related and often intertwining expressions of the creativity of man.