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    Quotes from “Alla Prima”, Richard Schmid

    “The thing we label as talent is not a single ability. It is a complex mixture of motive, curiosity, receptivity, intelligence, sensitivity, good teaching, perseverance, timing, sheer luck, and countless other things.” “Serious painting is not something that can be learned casually. You must be willing to sacrifice many other things.” “I regard my disasters as invitations to learn more.” “Art happens in the mind of the person seeing them.” “Don’t reject difficult ideas simply because you fail to grasp them immediately. Put them on hold until you do, then decide. Many things in painting become clear only after considerable experience, and that takes time.” “The reason why painting remains…

  • self-development

    Essentialism

    After I discovered the minimalism as my (desired) way of living, it was just a matter of time to come across the other closely related philosophy: the essentialism. Greg McKeown as its main ideologist shares details in a great deal of interviews and with great sense of humor, but I liked the presentation below, because I find it interesting how you can apply essentialism not only as a person, but as a professional and a company, too. Some of the ideas: The disciplined pursuit of less but better every 90 days: what is important to me? -> 1-2 hours weekly planning around that is this going to serve my highest…

  • books and quotes

    Atticus’ poetry

    Two of the surprises for this year’s birthday were a fun contrast: the first one was a Pocketbook (I have officially joined the e-readers) and the other was two incredible poetry books that captivated me both in content and in polygraphy. If I were to describe Atticus’ style (which, like Banksy, expresses themselves solely through their art, without sharing their identity), perhaps “modern haiku” would come very close to my sensations, though not all of the poems are short. As for the books – this is how I imagine books must look today in order to want to own them on paper in this digital age: a masterly piece of work,…

  • movies

    “The Aftermath”

    I had long been waiting for a good drama with a love thread and I was so happy that this one didn’t disappoint me… neither as acting and persuasiveness, neither as approach and credibility nor as ending. There was nothing superfluous, nothing cheesy. Even the love triangle cliche was masterfully intertwined with the unusual circumstances of the post-war background. Well, I don’t have to tell you, that even if this movie turned out to be bad, Alexander Skarsgard would be an excellent reason to stay put in front of the screen. this Swedish semi-god is outrageously attractive, even when speaking in German… but let’s not get carried away “The Aftermath”is based…