Wednesday, May 16, 2012

3 Good reads for artists-

I've been re-reading some of my favorite books and authors about art and creativity and wanted to share a few that I love. One of my favorites is "Gift by the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Although over 50 years old, the ideas she shares about womanhood and being an artist are beautiful, honest and strike a chord if you've ever tried to balance a "normal" life with being an artist.
Free Play by Nachmonovich, I think I'm spelling that correctly, is another favorite for it's take on creativity and "play" throughout the ages, crossing lines of time, culture, age , race and religion. It is a book that will make you look at creativity from a different perspective.
Frederick Franck is another favorite; although he delves into the realm of Buddhism and new agey stuff a bit too much for my liking, I love his thoughts and ideas on the purity of drawing and seeing and being an artist- separate from what the world tells you "art" is. He sees beauty in everything from people past their prime with wrinkles and rolls, to a tiny weed poking out of a crack in the sidewalk. F.F. allows you to "see" in a new way and stop making excuses about not having the "right" time, place or subject.

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