Yesterday a friend asked if I'd be recording when I’m making my artwork. I took her suggestion and decided to capture a few thoughts as I open up my sketchbook for the day. I talk a little about getting inspired by Frida Kahlo’s sketchbooks, and the benefits of getting my brushes dirty. Today I’ve decided that I’m going to be recording while I’m doing my daily sketchbook practice and see what comes up.
Today I talk a bit about my daily creative practice, focusing on The Morning Pages, a practice from The Artist’s Way, a book and course designed by writer Julia Cameron. Part of my routine is recording something daily. It could be audio or video. Today it seems I’m going to be doing some audio, so I am pacing around my flat a little bit recording. I’ve been developing a daily routine.
After spending my life surrounded by highly-creative people, I’ve realised creativity is a mindset, not just a process of exploring and making. Could it be possible that creative people’s brains really do work differently? Writing by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire recently introduced me to compelling research conducted in the 1960s by psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron.
In this post, I share some of my favourite books on creativity. To see an extended list of recommendations on art, creative business, coaching, and more, view my Reading List. To feed my interest in creativity, I’ve been committing some serious tsundoku (積ん読), buying books and letting them pile up unread on shelves, on floors, and on tables around my flat. As I work my way through the growing stacks, I’ll share a few of my favourites.
As an artist and educator, I have a special interest in creativity and its relationship to contemporary technology and design practice. Growing up, I always found myself surrounded by highly creative people. Some of it was luck and circumstance, but much of it was due to identifying art and design as a window to explore the world around me.