Life, Paint and Passion by Michell Cassou and Stewart Cubley
This is a great book for breaking out of a rut. Its appeal to me was as a way to get away from having to draw what I saw; it helped me get back to painting from my imagination when I wanted to.
This book is good for a quick bit of inspiration. For instance:
to care and not to care
Description of someone who kept on getting to the point where she became careless and sloppy in her work followed by this advice:
"Act as if you cared about the painting. Put the brush on the paper with intention, not covering or going over what is already painted. Paint with care for a few minutes, then see how you feel."
Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
I expect most of you have heard of the Artist's Way already. It is a book that really needs to be worked through to be of real value. It takes at least 12 weeks to follow the whole course. Once I'd been through it I found myself coming up with all sorts of variations on it.
It was the Artist Way that encouraged me to experiment with collage.
It really helps to have an on-line group to support you as you go through the 12 weeks the first time.
Although it is called the Artist's Way it felt as I did it more relevant to writing. But the critics and self-doubts are similiar.
The best bit of the Artist's Way is taking yourself for Artist's Dates.
My current favourite is going out and just looking for things of a particular colour. Maybe taking photos of them.
The idea of an artist's date is that it should be inexpensive and fun. It needs to feed the inner artist, it may or may not in itself produce anything. For instance if your inner artist needs a penny whistle, let yourself have one even if you are no musician!
What's your favourite artist's date?