Monday, June 26, 2017

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

An excellent thought-provoking book that's fun to look at and to hold. Yes, I'll steal the size of this book for my homeschool travel book, and well, that was one of the points! Austin Kleon who serendipitously came to live in Austin, TX wrote this book of http://austinkleon.com/steal/missives on how to best experience being creative. The book covers more of the how than the what I'd say. Some of the advice Austin offers filtered through my reading:

1. Think of your heros' lives, not just their creative input. Let their lives inform yours.
2. Dress for the job you want. Keep being a kid, keep pretending.
3. Get bigger pockets if you need to but keep a journal(s) on you at all times.
4. Who influenced the people who influence you?
4.a. Who does influence you anyway?
5. Don't worry about your ideas being stolen.
6. Everything that needs to be said has been, but no one listened.
6.a. Say it again.
6.b. Say it your way.
7. Write not what you know, but what you like to read.
8. Touch your work. Rearrange it. Tape it to the wall.
9. Tune out while you experience the world. Take the bus. Keep your head up.
10. Keep a log book. Ask yourself what's the best thing that happened to you today?

All of it's so, so good!

No. 1 our 6 y.o. demonstrates how to tape your work to the wall! (And some of Leroy Neiman's).

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