Break open this beginning like the seed that it is! A New Year’s cold, hard exterior is full of all the necessary nutrients to carry you through to a nourishing end. Why not begin by cracking open a book, eyeing a DVD, lending your ear to a CD or eBook, anything to propel you towards that daunting dream. We all need a push sometimes, a firm hand at our back, a pull through that impossible door or one pushing us firmly down into the seat of our fear.
Fearful beginnings can be better understood, and managed, after taking in the medicine of Art & Fear. This will give you a necessary dose of courage such as The Courage to Be Creative: How to Believe in Yourself, Your Dreams and Ideas, and Your Creative Career Path.
No matter where you fall on the path of creation, from starry-eyed beginner to accomplished practitioner, there comes a time when we need Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius.
Look, lest you think I’m speaking to the choir, to those who have, already, achieved some modicum of success in their artistic field of endeavor, know this: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond because the inclination towards art is lifelong. Artists never retire and it is never too late to follow that nagging desire that was put aside for more practical matters.
A year can be broken into digestible chunks. You can gobble it up by day, week or month, in hours, minutes and nanoseconds. There are ways to make possible what feels impossible. That’s why Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets and Bosses can be a handy tool.
This business of creating is a messy affair! Inside, in there, are voices. You know the ones! Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk and Other Truths about Being Creative just might be the ticket you need to get you to the place where they live. While, Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives hands you the key to the door where Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life might shed some light on intriguing possibilities.
Two necessary ingredients to gaining a foothold on a new path are inspiration and challenge. For inspiration try, Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators. Then, join us as author Priscilla Long, talks about “Learning from the Greats: A Conversation on the Habits and Strategies of Virtuoso Artists, Writers, and Other Creators,” who are included in the book, at the Central Library this month.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to challenge yourself to chart a new course or try new ways of reaching your goals. The resource list, Begin Bold End Inspired: Ideas and Inspiration for the Artistically Inclined is the first of a series of lists to assist you throughout this year as you begin or begin, again, in pursuit of your creative endeavors. You’ll find the above mentioned books and others, as well. Each month a new list will offer possibilities and guidance along the way. Now, let’s get ready to chow down!
~posted by Chris