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August 10, 2010

Two books about the ups and downs of creativity

Further to my thoughts in my previous post, Painting and confidence  , on my painting session yesterday, there are two books that I warmly recommend to those who encounter pitfalls on the way to creating art:

Art & Fear by David Bayle and Ted Orland - A shortish book clear and to the point - which, at the very least, allows you  to recognize yourself and be reassured that you are not batty, and more, to articulate things you may have experienced in a strikingly simple and direct manner with a spice of humour.

Trust the Process: an Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff - A little harder to get into but well worth an initial push, once you get going you don't look back.

I re-read passages from time to time from both of these books.