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Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (New york: Vintage Books, 2012)

I fell in love with Wild and its author, Cheryl Strayed, whose fearlessly recounts her journey from self-destruction to survivor. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt lost and in need of some inspiration. I promise you will walk away changed by Strayed’s honest portrayal of personal loss, courage and renewal.

Synopsis: After her mother’s death sent her on a downward spiral, Cheryl Strayed left behind everything to hike the Pacific Crest Trail which spans from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State.

The trees were tall, but I was taller, standing above them on a steep mountain slope in northern California. Moments before, I’d removed my hiking boots and the left one had fallen into those trees, first catapulting into the air when my enormous backpack toppled onto it, then skittering across the gravelly trail and flying over the edge. It bounced off of a rocky outcropping several feet beneath me before disappearing into the forrest canopy below, impossible to retrieve. I let out a stunned gasp […]

 

What Do You Collect?

5 Reasons Why We Collect:

  1. Collections allow us to celebrate and savor major milestones.

  2. Collections create connections… think about it, how many times have you chatted with fellow collectors, friends, and even strangers about your collection!

  3. Collection communicate important things about who you are and what you value.

  4. Collecting challenges us… creating a thoughtful and well curated collection is no easy tasks.

  5. Collecting is good for the soul!

Look Who Collects What:

Tom HanksTYPEWRITERS

Angelina JolieANTIQUE DAGGERS

Rosie O’DonnellMcDONALD’S HAPPY MEAL TOYS

Dan AykrodPOLICE BADGES

Carrie FisherANIMAL PORTRAITS

Diane KeatonBAKELITE JEWELRY

 

 

7 Things to Know Before You Buy Art

  1. When something catches your eye, try to establish what you LIKE or DISLIKE about the work’s subject matter, color or style.
  2. Set a BUDGET and keep in mind, you do not have to be rich to afford great art.
  3. Do not worry about the FUTURE VALUE of the work, purchasing art for investment takes years of knowledge and expertise.
  4. Ask lots of QUESTIONS: What’s the artist’s/gallery’s reputation? How is it made? What’s the return policy? Do they deliver and install? Will it fit?
  5. You found the PERFECT PIECE, now wait a few days to see if you can’t live without it. NEVER buy before YOU are ready.
  6. Before you buy ask for a discount… SERIOUSLY!!!
  7. Always buy what YOU LOVE. Follow your gut and your budget and you will never regret a single purchase!
Understanding International Art Markets and Management

Understanding International Art Markets and Management (London and New York: Routledge, 2005; 2007)

Focusing on the visual art market – sculpture, paintings, drawings, prints – Understanding International Art Markets and Management examines the major transitions that impact and drive the art market. Specifically, the book takes an international perspective and merges theory and practice to enable the reader to understand the challenges and issues faced by art market professionals.

SIDE NOTE: While pursing graduate work in London, I had the opportunity to work and learn from Iain Robertson. This book was part of the required reading and was incredibly informative and helpful in contextualizing the “big picture’ issues facing the art world.

Think your four year old is an artistic prodigy?

Children’s drawing from Twins Early Development Study, King’s College London (all images courtesy King’s College London)

Children’s drawing from Twins Early Development Study, King’s College London (all images courtesy King’s College London)

As both a new mom and fraternal twin I found this study fascinating…

THE QUESTION: Do genes influence children’s figurative drawing and indicate future intelligence?

THE PROCESS: Study 7,752 pairs of identical and fraternal twins drawings

THE TEST: If your child is a girl, say: “Draw me a picture of a girl. Do the best that you can. Make sure that you draw all of her.” If your child is a boy, say: “Draw me a picture of a boy. Do the best that you can. Make sure you draw all of him.”

 

THE SCORING: Grading was scored from 0 to 12 based on how many parts of the body were included. One point was given for the presence each of the head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, body, arms, legs, hands, feet, and clothing items.

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THE FINDINGS:

1. While researchers did find a correlation between accuracy in drawing and intelligence, they stressed that drawing ability does not determine, but rather results from, intelligence.

2. They discovered that drawings done by identical twins (who share 100% of their genes) were much more similar than those done by fraternal twins (who share 50%), which means that “genetic differences exert a greater influence on children’s figure drawing at age 4 than do between-family environmental differences.”

 

Read the full findings at Psychological Science