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 one on The Bookshelf is...
Every Idea is a Good Idea, by Tom Sturges
This book is not even about visual art, but with extensive experience behind him, Tom Sturges guides you to find a pathway in your own creative endeavor, whatever it may be.
“Creativity is the freedom that comes with believing that there is no perimeter,
that there is no stopping, that the possibilities of thought are endless.
It is the power to believe that there is no shoreline.”
My favorite thing about this book is the countless examples of others, their struggles, and tips in creative endeavors. Sturges teaches through examples and these real life glimpses were very inspiring for me. Sturges also lists exercises that you can do to apply to your situation. These exercises offer a great approach to the creation process: somewhere in the middle between mystical and methodological.
If creative ideas have fascinated you, or you are looking for some creative ideas for adults, kids or for your projects, at work or home, then you'll love this book. The examples will keep the ideas and creative juices flowing. Enjoy!