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Artists. We all know the cliché: beret wearing, cigarette smoking, tortured by inner demons and possibly speaking with a Parisian accent. But does this stereotype really ring true for today's modern artist? We doubt it. Positive and negative, we've unpacked some of...
It’s clear we’re living in a very “digital” age. That doesn’t mean that we’ve completely abandoned the pen and paper (see our recent discovery that handwriting is still thriving even for business professionals; or two examples of tech bloggers...
Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside peoples’ personal journals to celebrate their creativity and inspire others. Message us at facebook@hartleyandmarks.com if you have a project that you would like to be featured. This month we asked the very...
When people think "Olympics," works of art are not usually the first images that pop into their heads. Sports, obviously; architecture, sure; ceremony and spectacle, absolutely – but paintings tend to be pretty far down the list. This year,...
Today's entry in our ongoing look at famous diary entries is a dark one! In the 1840's a group of pioneers who came to be known as the Donner Party found themselves trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 36...
We don't refer to our journals as "companions" for nothing – when you get into the habit of daily writing, a journal can function as a confidant, co-conspirator and encouraging friend. Writing down your private thoughts, as opposed to...
Albert Einstein had an ongoing professional and personal relationship with Linus Pauling, another prominent twentieth century scientist.  The two men greatly admired one another's genius and spent much time together discussing world affairs. But because many of these conversations...
In this special double edition of "Peek Inside..." we are getting to know Gerson Petit, a multitalented young man with a passion for classic art. He also writes for his university newspaper, the Collegian. Over the next couple days, we will be...
This may come as a surprise to some people, but at one point it was common practice to "cross-write." (Another name it's know for: "cross-hatching.") Essentially the writer would reach the bottom of the page, turn the paper sideways,...
As we head into the festive period it can be easy to get carried away with all the holiday activities, planning and prepping. It's important to take some time to reconnect with the true meaning of the...

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