The Beard man said | Steve Jobs on creativity

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have”

- Steve Jobs

Inspiration for the WeekEnd 29/30

romã
romã By ines milagres
Wild & Free
Wild & Free By katiedaisy
Cosmopolitan magazine | Illustrated by J Frederick Smith | September 1955 | via leifpeng
lunettes rondes
lunettes rondes By Laura Serra
Licky Legs
Licky Legs By aprintaday
Exposição André Letria
Exposição André Letria at Casa Ruim | Exposition. I've only saw it in a little bit of a rush, but was totally worthy it.


So finally we can sense the Autumn, and I'm already starting to be concern (obsess) with Christmas gifts. Now I'm going to sleep... oh don't forget the hour change! ;) Have nice Sunday!

Print the Graphic: Colaboratorium


I've like this design very much, mostly because of the cardboard and the typography, and also because of the logo, it's a fantastic double reading.








Designed by Andrea Avidad
Colaboratorium was born as a collective of ten graduting design and marketing students. The main idea was to mix different cultural backgrounds, counting with people from Sweden, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Venezuela. Also to mix different knowledge  in areas like graphic design, media design, marketing and art direction.
After the group was created, the need of an identity was imminet. I decided that not only a logotype or selection of colors was enough for the formal part of Colaboratorium. I wanted to work with different materials, to have different textures, cardboard, metal chains, papers, stickers.
This is a packaging that defines the own nature on the collective: eclectic, unique and surprising
.”





via Lovely Package

Sting in the ear: Mat Kearney

Recently a friend of mine share with me the musics of Mat, and basically it's what I've been listening.



Mat Kearney


He was born December 1, 1978 in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

In a music world longing for a new voice, Mat Kearney represents the singer-songwriter for the 21st century music lover. While keeping an acoustic base, Kearney incorporates a wide range of influences that color his songs with unique textures. At the same time, Kearney captures the lyrics that stir the deepest universal emotions. (via take40.com)



Mat began focusing on music fusing his simple guitar playing with spoken word, or rap, he started to play at coffee shops and soon began to make small amounts of money. At this time, Mat had met friend and future producer, Robert Marvin. The two began to make music together, but Marvin had plans to move to Nashville, Tennessee. Marvin asked Kearney to help the move and Mat accepted the journey. Kearney says, "I helped him pack up his trailer and we put a mattress on the back of his truck. We basically drove cross-country and slept in the back. When we pulled into Nashville we slept in a school parking lot for three days until we finally rented this apartment where the roof was caving in and mice were crawling all over." Mat decided to stay in Nashville to record a few demos with Marvin and after a few months, Mat had no plans on returning. "By the end of the summer, we had three or four songs and I realized this is what I wanted to do. It just clicked. So I called home to Oregon and said, ‘I’m not coming back’ and I never left Nashville."


While record labels were starting to offer Kearney development deals early on, he wanted to wait until he had his new material at a higher level. "I knew my songs weren't quite there yet, so instead, I worked every kind of odd job you can think of. I worked at a coffee shop, was a banquet server, worked as a youth mentor with kids. But I kept working on music," he says. "I tried to devote time to write and to perform at the same time. I started by playing these songwriting nights and performing my songs around people like Nickel Creek and Duncan Sheik. Living in Nashville really stepped up my songwriting."
It took about four years, but once Kearney felt he had his songs right, he completed his first album, Bullet, on a self-financed, shoestring budget. The album would go on to sell roughly 40,000 copies through an independent label in Nashville. The response to his songwriting was instantaneous and lead to a record deal with Aware/Columbia Records.


Bullet





Ships in the Night





Undeniable





Nothing Left to Lose





Breathe In, Breathe Out





Random Thoughts: Know your Limits


"You're only limited by your own imagination! And money. And talent. And genetics. And time. And other people. Go for it!"


- Mark Leggett

The Beard man said | TO live a creative Life...

"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong. "

- Joseph Chilbon Pearce

I have to remind myself about this everyday, specially lately, I guess a couple years ago I was more secure about the things that I do. I've lived moments in my life that make me feel so insecure about myself, my image, my work, my artistic work. I think I've been quite near of some bottom. It's something I'm recovering every day, it's constant struggle, but I still have some faith in myself that I can achieve something.
I'm starting slowly feeling better about myself, about my choices, about my life, and the way I see myself (or even other might see me). About my work I'm trying, most of the times I just give up in the middle of the process, I don't give everything that I have, and them I end up disappointed and unsatisfied.
One thing that I'm starting to do to change that is having some workshops in illustration. Also, in the next weeks (depending how much time I will or not have) I'm going to start another blog only with works of my own, but mostly with drawings from my sketchbooks.
Sorry for the little rant, anyway, hope you had a nice weekend!

The Muffin Tops: Turkey Curry and Carrot Muffins

Ok, this week I've done two recipes worthy of mention. It was a kind of crazy week, between this and that time was gone! On Monday between cooking the lunch, bake some muffins and went with a friend buy art supplies, time flew away. I finally went to a "new" shop in my hometown that sell art supplies,  I wish I could bring everything with me! I've only bough an A2 sketchbook, Indian ink, a trio of little things for mixing ink and some brushes with water deposit. I kind wanted more things, but it's better save money, I don't know when I will need it. I've almost bought some little sketchbook, because my moleskine is nearly in the end, but I think that I have a couple sketchbooks started that I should finish before.
All right, about the muffins, was wasn't sure which kind of muffins I was going to do, ended up to decide some that I could find everything at home.


Carrot Muffins


Unfortunately, when I remember to take a photo of them, they were already gone :( That's why I'm going to use a photo from the original recipe which I based myself. which is from Joy of Baking, Carrot Muffin Recipe.

photo from Joy of baking

The original recipe is for 18 muffins, but I did half of the recipe, so it should be around 9 to 11 muffins (I'm saying this because I've done 11 muffins, but two of them were a little small).

Ingredients: (for 9 muffins)
25 gr of walnuts
2 to 4 grated carrots
2 small grated apples
150 gr of all purpose flour
almost 150 gr of white sugar
1/2 of teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 large eggs
50 gr of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180ºC.
First thing to do is peel the carrots and the apples. After that grated them. I would advice to grated them into really thin and small pieces, because mine were quite big, and were not absorbed into the batter. (they were good anyway, but I think it's matter of whatever you would like to see and do. In the picture you see a very orange muffins, while mine were more brownish colour, kind of cinnamon cookie colour, where you can see pieces of carrot). Set aside both grated things.

In a large bowl mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder, the salt, cinnamon and the chopped walnuts).
In another bowl whisk the wet ingredients ( eggs, butter and vanilla).
Pour the wet ingredients into the first bowl, added the apples and carrots and mixed it all, until everything is incorporated in the batter.
After this you only need to divide your batter into your moulds (I have two moulds of silicone, with 6 spaces for muffins, they're are great, easy to use and clean).
Then take them to oven to about 20 to 25 minutes. After that, let them cool a bit before eat or take out of the moulds. And enjoy!


Turkey Curry

curry powder | source unknown

This curry I've done on Friday for lunch. We have Turkey breast frozen, I thought about grilled them, but after been frozen they would be a little tasteless.
I started to chop the turkey (after almost unfrozen) into small pieces. They were 3 big steaks, and they were enough for 4 portions.
After I chopped the turkey, I've put it in a large frying pan and season it with garlic, laurel and pepper (all in powder), oh and a pinch of salt. Then but a coat of white wine in the bottom of the pan, just to help cook better the meat, and also added mustard (around 2 teaspoons, of regular mustard). Then I put it in the stove, until the meat was almost cooked. After that I've added 200 ml of coconut milk, 10 gr of Madras Curry and two dry chilli (if you're not a big fan of spice, then but just one, or even none). Then it's let it all boil a little, be careful and pay attention if the curry is well mixed with the milk, because it's not pleasant feel the curry powder when you are eating.
Eat with some white rice, and you have a nice meal!

(Sorry again for no photos, the lunch time can be very crazy. Specially in the days that I have to go to Lisbon, right after lunch, I stay happy if I have time to clean the kitchen before I go).

Hope you're having a delightful sunday!

Inspiration for the WeekEnd

part of 365q project by the photographer and designer Julian Bialowas 



part of 365q project by the photographer and designer Julian Bialowas
part of 365q project by the photographer and designer Julian Bialowas 

Bookish Girls
Bookish Girls By Lizzy Stewart
Whole
Whole By katiedaisy

drawing random people at Starbucks
drawing random people at Starbucks By Beverly Ealdama

Longstitch couro
Longstitch couro By Zoopress studio
thursday afternoon
thursday afternoon  By Beverly Ealdama


my own photography



Let me grow, there is no more hiding
Let me grow, there is no more hiding By mafaldafernandes
Words are falling down
Words are falling down By mafaldafernandes
You've been there through the times, through the nights that were dark
You've been there through the times, through the nights that were dark By mafaldafernandes
I would cross any line, I'd swim across the sea
I would cross any line, I'd swim across the sea By mafaldafernandes

Sting in the ear - Oh Land





Hope you're having a nice weekend!!

Sting in the Ear: Running up that hill

Last week I talked about Kate Bush, and actually it all started with an urge to ear and share the different versions of the music Running up that Hill
Oddly, I was cooking and the music came to my mind, and as I started to sing I though about sharing it.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush



Official music video for the single "Running Up That Hill" written and produced by British singer Kate Bush. The song was the first single from Kate's 1985 album Hounds of Love and released in the UK on 5 August 1985. "Running Up That Hill" entered the UK chart at number 9 and eventually peaked at number 3. The single also reached the top 30 in the United States.

Originally the song was titled A Deal with God, but representatives at EMI were hesitant to release the song as titled due to possible negative reception due its use of the word God.
Bush changed the title; however, the album version of the song is listed as "Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)". The executives of EMI initially wanted to release another song, (Cloudbusting,) as the lead single from the album. Bush successfully convinced them to release Running Up that Hill first, citing that it was the first song to be written for the album, and felt that it better represented the broader feel for Hounds of Love.
« I was trying to say that, really, a man and a woman, can't understand each other because we are a man and a woman. And if we could actually swap each other's roles, if we could actually be in each other's place for a while, I think we'd both be very surprised! [Laughs] And I think it would lead to a greater understanding. And really the only way I could think it could be done was either... you know, I thought a deal with the devil, you know. And I thought, 'well, no, why not a deal with God!' You know, because in a way it's so much more powerful the whole idea of asking God to make a deal with you. You see, for me it is still called "Deal With God", that was its title. But we were told that if we kept this title that it would not be played in any of the religious countries, Italy wouldn't play it, France wouldn't play it, and Australia wouldn't play it! Ireland wouldn't play it, and that generally we might get it blacked purely because it had God in the title.» [Radio 1 Classic Albums interview with Richard Skinner aired January 26, 1992]

Kate Bush sings with David Gilmour





Cover version by Placebo (original music video)


 



Cover Version by Within Temptation





Links
Kate Bush
Placebo
Wikipedia Running up that hill
Within Temptation 

Inspiration for the WeekEnd

As it became current, my Inspiration for the WeekEnd just come when the week is really ending, almost like it was inspiration for the next week. This time only with drawings and Illustrations.

Just Because there was two days I really sleep little, and today I've sleep all that I wanted ahah
Sleeping is healthy From Illustrator Alex Noriega in his blog Stuff no one Told me (but I learned anyway)
My sketch flash mobe
My sketch flash mobe By conjure_real ( Natalie Ratkovski)
creme de la creme
creme de la creme By petescully
ice cream
ice cream By gemma correll
halloween costumes
halloween costumes By gemma correll
Time stood still
Time stood still By Christophe Marchetti
Ilustration for Delta Cafe...
Ilustration for Delta Cafe... By rrrrricardo (Ricardo Cabral)
gateau chocolat and coffee
gateau chocolat and coffee By kumi matsukawa
IL34 — RANE
IL34 — RANE By Francesco Franchi

Sting in the ear: Foo Fighters - Over and Out

Sting in the ear: Kate Bush

I was going to write about a music of Kate Bush (Running up that hill), but then I feel like I have to talk about her too, specially because she as another musics that are worthy to talk and share.

unknown credits | photo via  the nest
Born Catherine Bush 30 July 1958, Kate Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. She has an eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style which led her to be one of the United Kingdom's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years. She signed with EMI at the age of 16 after being recommended by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. At the age of 19 (1978) she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights"(that you can ear down below), becoming the first woman to have a UK number-one with a self-written song. In the following year she as also the most photographed woman in the United Kingdom.

unknown credits | photo via  the nest
She only made an concert tour, and it was in 1979. In the next year she released the album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at No. 1. In 1987, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Solo Artist. She has released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had twenty-five UK Top 40 hit singles including "Wuthering Heights", "Running Up that Hill", "King of the Mountain", "Babooshka", "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", and "Don't Give Up" (a duet with Peter Gabriel)—all of which reached the Top 10.

unknown credits | photo via  the nest

In 2002, Bush's songwriting ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. In 2005, she released Aerial, her first album in 12 years. The album earned her a BRIT Award nomination for Best Album and another for Best Solo Female Artist. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards.
On November of this year Kate Bush will release her 10th studio album titled 50 Words For Snow.


Babooshka





Wuthering Heights





With Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up




Links
Youtube Chanel
Kate Bush
Kate Bush News
Wikipedia Kate Bush

The Beard man said | World Needs Fantasy

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today.”

- Alexander McQueen

7A: Kiss the Girls

Poster

Yesterday, at night I saw this film.
It has one of my favourite actors, so it was almost mandatory to watch it. Oh and that actor is Morgan Freeman.

This film was inspired by a novel with the same title by James Patterson. If you are a fan of Morgan Freeman, you might as well remember the film Along Came a Spider of 2001, and he plays the same detective, Alex Cross, and the film is also adapted/inspired by a James Patterson novel.

The plot

Washington, D.C. detective and forensic psychologist Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) heads to Durham, North Carolina when his niece Naomi (Gina Ravera), a college student, is reported missing. He learns from the local police, including Nick Ruskin (Cary Elwes), that Naomi is the latest in a series of young women who have vanished. Soon after his arrival, one of the missing women is found dead, bound to a tree in a desolate forest, and shortly after that, intern Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd) is kidnapped from her home.

When she awakens from a drugged state, Kate discovers that she is being held captive by a masked man calling himself Casanova, and she is one of several prisoners trapped in his lair. She manages to escape and is severely injured when she jumps from a cliff and into a river to escape from his clutches. After she recuperates, she joins forces with Cross to track down her sadomasochist captor, who Cross concludes is a collector, not a killer, unless his victims fail to follow his rules. This means there is time to rescue the other imprisoned women, just as long as they remain subservient.

Clues lead them to Los Angeles, where a series of gruesome kidnappings and murders have been credited to a man known as the Gentleman Caller. Cross deduces he is working in collusion with rather than imitating his East Coast counterpart, but his efforts to capture and question him are foiled and the man escapes. Upon returning to North Carolina, he eventually discovers the underground hideaway used by, as well as the true identity of, the man who calls himself Casanova.

My Review

This is a 90's thriller,  and oh boy you can see it that its from the 90's. The colours, the characterization of the characters, almost everything.
It's a very well presented and constructed thriller. I which I knew the novel, so I could compare to the film, but I don't.
It has the right dose of darkness and shadows in the pictures. I think that are these kind of details that make difference.
The killer is slightly unexpected, until it's discovered. (of course).
Overall it's worthy to watch, although to me it's more a afternoon film, than an night film. 
Morgan Freeman is always a good detective, my favourite role of him is in the film Se7en with Brad Pitt. It's an amazing film. I have to talk about soon... A fair excuse to re-watch it again.

Trailer

Original theatrical trailer for the 1997 film "Kiss The Girls." Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Brian Cox. Directed by Gary Fleder. Adapted from the novel by James Patterson.



Links
Kiss the Girls (film) Wikipedia
Kiss the Girls (1997) IMDb

Bites and Bits of My Weekend 8/9 Oct

last September week


Last weekend I totally forgot about my Bites and Bits, I spend the September last week at the beach, because the weather as been quite crazy, a lot hot, while it was supposed to start to get cold. Ironically, if the weather was like this, I would go to beach this year, so... yeah. Oh it was also good I had the chance to read to books that I've mention before in my Anatomy of a Book: Summer Books, which were Daughter of the Blood [Book 1 - Black Jewels Trilogy] of Anne Bishop and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I think I might right a short review of each book in the next weeks, so stay tuned. (if you're interested).

Bites and Bits 1/2 Oct


On the 1st of October I went to Alcochete, but the Tejo river was low tide, so there was no nice light reflections, the boats and birds were to far away. We even went to Samouco but I just thought things were not worthy to photograph.We were back home around 3pm, and had some glorious pizza!

solta as (tuas) amarras
solta as (tuas) amarras
 Here are some photos of my last day at the beach.

these last days of summer
these last days of summer
On Monday I signed up for another Illustration Workshop at Ar.Co. . I will start the two next week and I'm really looking forward for it.

5th Oct


Wednesday was holiday here in Portugal, it was 5th of October, and it is the celebration of the Implementation of the Portuguese Republic. I took a chance to relax a little and go seafront for a coffee and took some photos to seagulls.

undertone rhythm
undertone rhythm
enchanted by you
enchanted by you

6th Oct


Thursday I went with my friend C. to Lisbon. Were supposed to go to EXD'11 expositions. (Experimenta Design it's a Bienal of Design that exists in Portugal). In the morning we went to MUDE (Fashion and Design Museum) in the Lisbon Downtown.
We saw the 4 flours that were open at the time. We started to see a retrospective of the last 100 years of fashion and design. Where we can see some past trends, innovations and facts of all decades since 1900 to 2011.
On the second floor it was another exposition which was more fashion related, than design. It was called Death to Design! Long Live Design! - Aesthetization of the object, Imagination, Hedonism, Interplay, Sign. I liked some of the pieces, but I found it very tiring the exposition design, because the info about the pieces were displayed in some transparent large sheets, that were hanged from the ceiling. And because they were transparent it was kind of hard to read, also the were hanged high so you have to move your head from top to bottom. Also the objects were displayed in some "islands", but you cannot see the informations/descriptions about them in any place, you kind of have to search for it. It was easy to navigate. I even saw some people that have just passed by the things without even understand them.  The idea of this exposition is discuss the way that different designers critically interpreted reality and reflecting on the concept of design, useless(ness) of an object, the value that we attribute to it, its consumption and time of life. "We debate the very notion of object - value, symbol, representation, language and aesthetization."
On the next floor it was a small retrospective of a portuguese designer work and her process of working and deconstruction of objects. Unfortunately I didn't wrote her name.
In the last floor was the exposition we came to see. Useless. And it was divided into two parts. 1st one was Useless: An Exploded View. Were it was a huge succession of tables with different objects under the themes: Useless by design, Useless is up to the user, Useless happens, Useless side effects, Useless is contagious, Too much of useful thing is useless, Useful is overrated. The second part was Useless? The Wandering pain. I cannot say it was the best exposition I've ever been. It was ok, it was more of conceptual exposition, that if you didn't have the guides/flyers wouldn't get a thing.
(I don't have even a photo of this, because they didn't aloud to take photos, unfortunately.)
After all of this conceptual things, we were tired and also hungry, so we headed to Armazéns do Chiado and have lunch. As we were around the shopping area we thought take a look. We went to H&M, Stradivarius and Bertrand. We walked around until we decided go back to the shops and buy a couple of things, instead of going to more expositions.
I bought two books at Bertrand, Heir to the Shadows [Book 2 - Black Jewels Trilogy] by Anne Bishop, (continuation of the book I mention in the beginning of this post) and one of my favourite Portuguese writers José Luís Peixoto new poetry book called Gaveta de Papéis. The back text of this book really caught my eye. (Since is someone else words and poetry, I won't translate it).
« Gruas no cais descarregam mercadorias e eu amo-te.
Homens isolados caminham nas avenidas e eu amo-te.
Silêncios eléctricos faíscam dentro das máquinas e eu amo-te.
Destruição contra o caos, destruição contra o caos e eu amo-te.
Reflexos de corpos desfiguram-se nas montras e eu amo-te.
Envelhecem anos no esquecimento dos armazéns e eu amo-te.
Toda a cidade se destina à noite e eu amo-te. »
Also bought some half buttoned shirts and a scarf from H&M. By this time we were all tired, so went to Starbucks from a nice and cold Frappuccino. A couple friend of my friend show up and we all went to take a peek to Fashion Week space and after we went to eat some ice-cream. After all this back home. I was so tired of walking around and starting to have this huge headache because I haven't eat properly. Besides that it wasn't that bad to me, my friend got a little bit ill because of the all air conditioners and she is allergic to them.


Saturday 8th Oct


Another Saturday morning by the seaside and at a seafront. I really enjoy being at seafront, drinking some coffee and reading the newspapers and magazines. It's very relaxing.
We had lunch at Chinese restaurant and then stayed a little bit more in at seafront until middle afternoon.
For dinner I've made some Cheese and Ham Pancakes, and also Apple, Cinnamon and Sugar Pancake. They were really yummy (I was so hungry that forgot to take them some photos, sorry).
Some photos took in the morning
Oh my friend don't get caught in yesterday
Oh my friend don't get caught in yesterday
there always must be an end
there always must be an end
Hope you had a nice weekend!

Sunday Afternoon Beat



Eumir Deodato "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
From his 1972 album "Prelude"
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Originally composed by Richard Strauss, arranged and adapted by Eumir Deodato)

Eumir Deodato (full name Eumir Deodato de Almeida, 22 June 1943, Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian keyboardist, record producer and arranger, primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements of rock/pop, R&B/funk, Brazilian/Latin, and symphonic or orchestral music.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (German: Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen) is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the Overman, which were first introduced in The Gay Science.
Described by Nietzsche himself as "the deepest ever written," the book is a dense and esoteric treatise on philosophy and morality, featuring as protagonist a fictionalized Zarathustra. A central irony of the text is that Nietzsche mimics the style of the Bible in order to present ideas which fundamentally oppose Christian and Jewish morality and tradition.


[Disclaimer: All photos in this post were took by me.]