The cold of winter has fully embraced Perth. Rain has been drumming on the tin roof and the fireplace has been holding back the chill. It’s the perfect weather to find a cosy spot and go on a different kind of journey when hiking, biking and skiing all have limits on them at the moment, thanks to COVID-19.
This adventure I’m sharing with you is a slow trip into the world of words and ideas.
“Great non-fiction helps us see the unseen, plants and nurtures ideas that matter, and, sometimes, can leave us better than we were.” Seth Godin
Below are four books to help you create, opening the mental and emotional space needed to let in the joy of art as a creator and as a viewer.
These books are a slow read. Pick them up, put them down; dwell on the soft presentation of an idea as you go about your day.
Let the ideas percolate. None of these books lecture or tell you you’re doing something wrong, you should be better, or you need to change. They float an idea, some will resonate, others will gently wash over you and move on.
I’ve listed these books in order of gentleness, with the first one being an absolute balm to the soul that opened my eyes to the life in art (not a life in art!).
I hope you enjoy them and would love to hear which one resonates with you.
The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa
“It is always good to keep your eyes wide open, because you never know what you will discover…I hope to approach the art of seeing here in the spirit of an amateur. I mean amateur in the original sense of the word, as a lover, someone who does something for the love of it, wholeheartedly.” Discover it here.
Stillness is the Key: An Ancient Strategy for Modern Life
“We will waiver. We will have doubts. We will find ourselves in new situations of complete uncertainty. But still, we want to look inside that chaos and find that kernel of calm confidence.” Discover it here.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
“We are often careless with our powers of rapid cognition. We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility.” Discover it here.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important its accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more resistance you will experience facing it.” Discover it here.
“Alizarin Crimson Poppies” Click the photo to see the details of this painting