Joy, Politics and Rebellion. Not the words we automatically associate with our creative process.
But maybe we should?
In these three posts I dig deep into why we need to challenge the assumptions about what’s healthy and valid when it comes to making art.
As a coach, I obviously read a lot of personal development books.
After a while, a great many of these books blur into oblivion.
These three books stand out from my crowded reading list over the last few years because they caused a fundamental change in the way I see myself in relation to my creative practice.
Are you putting off your dreams because you believe you’re not ‘creative enough’?
Don’t be fooled! This is a master defeating strategy staged by your Inner Critic!
It stops you believing that you can take meaningful action towards your creative goals NOW!
I don't always work in strict page order on my Artist's Books.
Having done page 1 and 2, I'm now working on pages 6-7 together as they form a vertical double page spread.
I figure if I know how the story ends, I'm better placed to work on how the middle connects them.
The passage of time is a classic theme in art and both this and its companion piece, Angel's Trumpet, feature clocks.
(You can see Angel's Trumpet here, along with the front cover for Metamorphosis further up the same page. It will help you visualise how this one will come together.)
This page has a rather melancholy feel - but, don't worry, I promise you the book has a gloriously happy ending!