Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book four on The Bookshelf is..
The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life, by John Daido Loori
What if you approached an object and only took a photograph of it, or started painting it, when it told you it was ready for you to do so?
In this book, American Zen master, John Daido Loori uses the principles of Zen Buddhism and the implications they have on arts, creativity and aesthetics. Even beyond that, this book is about approaching life with spontaneity, and peace. More being, and less doing. Not only does this book provide you with new ways of thinking of the world, it also holds beautiful illustrations, and exercises with which you can apply the principles discussed. It had a really wonderful effect on me the first time I read it!
If you are interested in Zen art, Zen painting, types of Zen art, or the characteristics of Zen art, then this book is perfect for you. Hope you will be joining me in exploring The Zen of Creativity this month!
By the way, if you are curious about more 'Eastern' approach to art and creativity you can also listen to episode 77 with artist Carmen Mensink about Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting.