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Old 02-19-2012, 11:05 PM
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Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

So im a julia cameron disciple and artist way fan.

But other than her books, what are good books with the same sort of impact those have?
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:21 PM
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

fearless creating and heart's desire have been mentioned to me as good, similar but yet far diff than TAW.
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

"Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go" by Shaun McNiff is an excellent and inspiring book that I have read several times.

"Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" by David Bayles and Ted Orland hits hard and deep.

Finally, "The Writings of Robert Motherwell" by Robert Motherwell contains some of the clearest explanations of the principles of abstract expressionism, if that's of interest.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:02 PM
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

There are so many... Pressfield's War of Art is one. I like Twyla Tharp's book on her creative process as well. There is Bird by Bird (either Anne Dillard or Anne Lammott)
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

I skipped this thread several times. Couldn't quite figure how to answer it.

As an illustrator for a series of children's books, I first read the books. If a passage interests me- I can "see" a painting in it, then I cut and paste to a document.

How to paint it is inspired by a vast collection of art related books I collect every time I go to McKay's Used Books. I have a complete set of Wildlife stamp books from 1943 to the 70's, subjects ranging to Tiffany Glass, Picasso, Modrian, even Frank Lloyd Wright books and a lot in between.

What inspires me depends on what I need, and sometimes I just take one of my photos to Photoshop8 and play with filters and crops.

So there is no one book I would ever recommend, jeez, just reading the Harry Potter series inspires me, filling my head with all sorts of incentives and scenes.

Rest well, eat right, go out and play with your pets and SI, and enjoy the life and talent you have been given, and you will find inspiration is all around you, and especially here on WC,

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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

I just got through reading "Gleaner or Gladiator: the struggle to create" by Lyne Marshall. Not only is she one of my favorite abstract artists, but I find her writing to be really inspiring and affirming. I think this is one book I'm going to be going back to time and time again.

You can get a taste for the style of her writing if you visit her blog:
www.lynemarshall.com.au/
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

I loved Stretching Lessons by Sue Bender, and anything by M. C. Richards, beginning with Centering.
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" right now, and loving it.

"Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer is one of my favorites; it's about creativity as it applies to a variety of things, and it always inspires me when I flip back through it.

"The Nine Modern Day Muses" by Jill Badonsky is another favorite, and might be one of the first books about creativity that I read, so it has a special place in my heart - lots of lightbulb moments.
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

I'm reading "Art and Fear" right now. A good book! Recommend
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

Some books that have had at least as much impact on me as Cameron's work has been Lynda Barry's books on creativity: _What It Is_, which is a book about the power of the image and recovering it through writing, and _The Nearsighted Monkey_, which is somewhat similar, but for visual art. Both books are extremely rich visually, and I connected very strongly with them. I'm sure part of the strength of my connection with the books comes from being a longtime admirer of Barry's cartoon work and storytelling in alternative weekly newspapers with her cartoon series Ernie Pook's Comeek.
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

If I use a book for inspiration, I look at the work of artists I admire. Otherwise a walk in the forest does it for me.
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

Letters to a Young Artist and its inspiration, Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet are good ones, though nothing like The Artist's Way.

I'm not a fan of TAW or most books like it, but I do like the idea of morning pages. Not necessarily according to her rules, but practicing writing every day helps immensely in sooo many ways, not just artistically
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

“Ways of Seeing” John Berger, the book has changed generations of artists.

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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

Ways of Seeing has been mentioned by artists I like, so I bought a used copy about 10 years ago. I tried reading it many times but could never get past the first few pages. I was unable to place my problem with it and eventually I stopped trying.

I dusted it off again after your mention of it, and after a couple more false starts, I finally finished it in one sitting this afternoon. It is certainly worth a read, or several.

I think the thing that bothered me initially was how it is written almost like a stream of consciousness. I'm used to informational texts being more structured, so I felt a little lost. Once I got past that and used to the flowing style, I thought it was brilliant.

The program that spurred the book on is on youtube, for anyone interested. The pdf can also be downloaded for free.
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Re: Other than Artist Way what are some top creativity inspiration books?

I highly highly highly recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic ... and the companion podcast she made for two seasons following the book's release (free wherever you get your podcasts). The book talks a lot about writing but it's applicable to all arts and in the podcast, Liz coaches dancers, painters, poets, songwriters and standup comics through their creative blocks with the help of such people as Cheryl Strayed, Neil Gaiman and Michael Ian Black.
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