Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles & Ted Orland
The Courage to Create, by Rollo May
The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp
Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh, edited by Irving Stone
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, by Lewis Hyde
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, selected & edited by Ronald de Leeuw
The Paper Garden: An Artist (Begins Her Life’s Work) at 72, by Molly Peacock A beautiful book with reproductions of Mary Delany’s paper flower mosaics. Delany was an 18th century socialite and artist. Poet Molly Peacock combines memoir and biography in this meditation on the creative life. It’s never too late.
Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing, by L.L. Barkat
Standing at Water’s Edge: Moving Past Fear, Blocks and Pitfalls to Discover the Power of Creative Immersion, by Anne Paris
Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance, by Jonathan Fields
Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosphers, by Leonard Koren
The Zen of Creativity, by John Daido Loori A Zen Buddhist roshi, founder of Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, and photographer, Loori passed away a few years ago. He was a prolific writer, and I’m looking forward to reading more of his books.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Sound of Paper
The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart
Walking in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity
A prolific writer on the creative life, I believe he is saying important new things. Maisel understands what it is to be a creative in the 21st century. Compassionate, realistic, he’s lived what he writes about. If your creative journey is central to your life, but it’s sometimes a hard road, take a look at one of Maisel’s books.
Coaching the Artist Within
The Van Gogh Blues
Don’t underestimate the power of Resistance to keep you from your creative work. Pressfield teaches you to recognize the insidious nature of Resistance and to recognize just what’s going on when you don’t write, paint, compose, or take the next step in your creative life. I like his tough, assertive, no-nonsense approach.
The War of Art
Do the Work
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