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Birthday Books

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I picked out these creative books for my birthday and they are proving to be great sources of inspiration!

Danielle Krysa’s book “A Big Important Art Book: Now with Women!” I love how the book is divided into art themes and features living artists (so Danielle could ask them lots of questions), as well as deceased artists, and projects for the reader too. Favorite quote from the introduction, “I was quite sure there were more than three women who had ever made art.” Danielle is the author of the wildly popular blog The Jealous Curator, creator of one of my favorite podcasts, Art for your Ear, and author of several other books including a favorite of mine Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative.

Austin Kleon’s Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad. I found myself nodding along with Austin’s creative advice, like carve out a creative space and/or time. Yup I have that. But there are other tips that made me think, “Wow I never thought about that.” I just finished it and am planning on reading it again. We all need the push to “Keep Going.” I also loved Austin’s other books: Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share your Creativity and get Discovered and Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.

Shari Blaukopf’s “Working with Color: Techniques for Using Media on the Go.” I usually shy away from watercolor instructional books because they seem to say the same thing and are focused on the beginner. Shari’s book is more like a collection of her watercolor secrets. And I’ve wondered what her secrets were, since beginning to follow her blog “The Sketchbook” and admiring her work, back when I started blogging. Her ability to paint the colors and shades of snow has always amazed me. Her book has already motivated me to paint on the road – read about my travels and map making here.

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2 thoughts on “Birthday Books

  1. Dear Eileen, thank you for the book recommendations!
    I also adore books on creativity and the creative process. Even though I haven’t read (yet) the book Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative, I have seen a presentation made by the author and I loved both the presentation and the author. And I also think that it’s so important to be aware of the fact that we all have an inner critic that’s trying to put us down, but it’s more important to do the work anyway. https://www.creativelive.com/class/your-inner-critic-is-a-big-jerk-danielle-krysa
    I also love Steven Pressfield and his works on creativity and art being an internal war and a battlefield to conquer – The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.
    Have a beautiful and creative day!

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