A Small Book Packed With Big Value
I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas! I know I did - spending quality time with family, eating way too much food, subsequent days in the pool relaxing with a G&T to recover from the whole ordeal...
Among my Christmas gifts, I received a neat little book entitled Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. It seems it came out a few years back (a New York Times Bestseller) but I had never heard of it nor read it myself. So I settled in last night and read it from cover to cover.
The book itself is broken into 10 chapters, containing 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. Things that the author wished somebody had told him when he was first starting out. I have to say that reading this just before the new year was perfect timing!
I found Steal Like an Artist personally very beneficial. It addressed areas I was still a bit unsure about like managing different projects or hobbies at the same time, unity in your work and effectively absorbing inspiration from many different sources.
The thing is, you can cut off a couple of passions and only focus on one, but after a while, you'll start to feel phantom limb pain.
The above quote in particular stuck in my mind. I find if I don't take photos, after a while I start dreaming every night that I am walking around with my camera. Trying that capture the perfect shot.
Austin also recommends keeping a log book, which I whole heartedly agree with. Something you can look back on, stir up memories, track your progress and the stories behind your artwork.
Also discussed is ample time away from the screen, and working hands on with your materials. This is one of the reasons I have a completely separate art studio from my office, in which I plan to dedicate far more quality time in the undertaking of #project8T4 in 2017.
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon is a great read. Full of quality information delivered in the simplest, clearest manner and supported by highly effective illustrations. If you're a well established creator or just starting out, I believe just about anybody could take away some advice from this top little book.
Rachel continues to actively and passionately participate in a range of exhibitions, prizes, collaborations and community projects. She resides in her hometown of Geraldton, Western Australia with her partner, two dogs, two cats and carnivorous plant collection.