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I though I'd start out with this recommendation for you, The Artists Way Every Day, by Julia Cameron. You may remember that I blogged about purchasing this book not too long ago. I've really been enjoying it and have tweeted snippets from the daily readings much to the delight of my friends on twitter.The book is simply composed of daily readings that encourage, nurture, and support your creativity and inner artist.
Here's a little sample from a few days ago that really spoke to me, especially in light of the fact that I'm teaching career coaching classes for artists, part of which is a critique for creative growth.
"Gentleness, encouragement, safey ---these are the watchwords to be put in place for criticism. I have been writing for thirty years. I have seen more good writing destroyed by bad criticism than I have ever seen bad writing helped by good criticism. I have watched valid and valuable books be picked to pieces by too many editors. I have watched plays start to find their feet, only to be tripped up by too people contributing fixes. It is a metaphysical law that "the first rule of magic is containment". Nowhere should that law be more rigorously applied than to our writing." ~Julia Cameron
Eventhough in this day's passage Julia is writing for wordsmiths the implications and applications to the visual arts is readily apparent.
On another day Julia talks about your inner artist being a child, she says "Spending time in solitude with your inner artist child is essential to self-nurturing." She goes on to suggest some activities like a long walk in the country, a solitary walk on the beach to watch a sunset or a visit to a church for a gospel concert.
Of course Julia Cameron has written many other books like The Artist's Way and Vein of Gold, but this one is nice because it has small daily bites that you can read quickly and than digest slowly throughout the day.
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