Living Art, Arting Life: Making the Most of the Mystery
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It's all about inspiration: resources for writers, artists, graphic designers, and creative entrepreneurs. Show-and-tell and reflection about what empowers and excites and lubes up the machinery of a creative life.
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This book: Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist, is chock full of inspirational and great nitty-gritty practical advice about approaching galleries and other venues, pricing your work, and everything else that goes into becoming a for-real professional artist.
If you feel creatively stuck, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way will give you the tools to get unstuck. There's a great series of follow-up books, too.
Thich Nhat Hanh is the man. He writes so compassionately about how life seems complicated and difficult, while explaining, in very simple, compelling language, that it is not. I love all of his books, but Teachings on Love is my favorite.
The Elements of Typographic Style is required reading for graphic design students, and highly recommended for anyone fascinated by typography, words, and visible language.
Sabrina Ward Harrison masterfully brings together collage, photography, paint, found objects, and thoughtful self-revelation. She puts her heart and soul on the page. I am inspired by her beautiful books, her humility, her vision, and fabulous success. Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself is the book that started it all.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is Natalie Goldberg's classic book on discovering your inner writer, and making room for that inner writer to find a voice, words, and something to say. Goldberg teaches us that the rules for good writing and good sex are the same: "Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think." Read this book.
If you're like me: a metaphor junkie, and an artist inspired by science and logic and philosophy, Douglas Hofstader's I Am a Strange Loop is a thought-provoking treat.
Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith makes a great gift for creative kids, or adults who are kids at heart, or adults who are trying to locate their inner kid.