I'm a great believer in things coming to you when you need them, you can't rush things, things will just happen in their own time. I bought a book yesterday. I had no intention of buying a book. I was waiting for the train back from Birmingham and had 40 minutes to spare. Killing some time I pootled about the shops and into the bookshop, Foyles. Long story short, I bought Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon. Homeward bound, I got stuck in, by the time the train pulled into the station I was already halfway through!
This is a really inspiring book for artists. I'd recommend this to anyone pursuing a career in art. It's made me take stock and think about where I'm going and to also feel ok about giving myself time to be creative and to ignore the pangs of guilt that call to me from the ever growing pile of washing up or laundry, or the seeds of doubt that creep in telling me maybe I should get a full time job again... like most people!
I'm just over halfway through, but already this book has really helped me to realise that I need to continue to follow my passion and to break down the creative block caused by worrying if I'm 'on trend', what do people want to see or is my work good enough to make money. It's given me the all-clear to know it's ok to allow time for creativity, and that I should stay true to myself. Nothing original is going to come from trying to conform to what I 'think' is the 'right' art!
The book is filled with inspiring case studies of real-life artists, some that started out without any formal art training. All of whom have found their path and journey into making a living from making art.
So from this day forth... I will create art for me, let it pour out from within me, not a second-rate duplicate of anything else. Then the people can decide if they love it or hate it, but at least it will have been created from integrity and passion.
If you want to check it out, you can find it here on Lisa's site... lisacongdon.com
If Lisa Congdon ever stumbles across this blog post... thank you for your inspiring book! I'm glad it found its way to me.