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3 Books to Inspire

January 10, 2015

I seem to own almost everything I want or need. Well, really. There obviously are things that I’d like to have, but I’m quite happy without them – if they happen, then great, if they don’t… hmm… I think they’ll happen a little bit later anyway (that’s where being thankful for all my blessings and positive thinking intertwine).

So even though I OWN everything I want or need I still have a small wishlist (a really tiny one). It contains quite a few books and, as some of them are supposed to be very inspiring, I decided to share them with you. You might also find them interesting it’s just that you can’t want something you don’t know about, right? So here’s the information.

#1 Daily Painting by Carol Marine


CAROL MARINE is an artist and the creator of the popular blog A Painting a Day (or Almost). She is a member of Daily Paintworks, a distinguished group of daily painters, and she teaches daily painting workshops around the country. Marine lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Do you want to bring the joy back into your art?

Have you landed in a frustrating rut? Are you having trouble selling paintings in galleries, getting bogged down by projects you can’t seem to finish or abandon, or finding excuses to avoid working in the studio? Author Carol Marine knows exactly how you feel—she herself suffered from painter’s block, until she discovered “daily painting.” The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to you), and if you’d like, post and sell it online. Soon you’ll find that your block dissolves and you’re painting work you love—and more of it than you ever thought possible!

You can buy this book on Amazon.

#2 Daily Rituals by Mason Currey


MASON CURREY was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His writing has appeared in Slate, Print, and Metropolis, where he was an editor for six years. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”

Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Thomas Wolfe wrote standing up in the kitchen, the top of the refrigerator as his desk, dreamily fondling his “male configurations”. . . Jean-Paul Sartre chewed on Corydrane tablets (a mix of amphetamine and aspirin), ingesting ten times the recommended dose each day . . . Descartes liked to linger in bed, his mind wandering in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where he experienced “every pleasure imaginable.” …

Please continue reading on Amazon.

#3 Show Your Work by Austin Kleon


AUSTIN KLEON is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas. He’s the author of two bestselling books: Steal Like an Artist, a manifesto for creativity in the digital age, and Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. He speaks about creativity for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.

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To get where you want to go in this world, you know you need to get really good at what you do, and put yourself out there, and make connections. But how are you supposed to do all that while you’re busy spending your time and energy practicing a craft, learning a trade, or running a business? This title teaches you how to think about your work as a never-ending process, how to build and maintain meaningful relationships by sharing that process, and how to deal with the ups and downs of putting yourself and your work out in the world – all summarized in ten simple principles.

Of course have a look for it on Amazon.

If you have already read any of these, please let me know what you thought. By the way, if you haven’t got enough time in this busy world for leaving long comments, I will understand. Just please give me a rating – from 1 (really crap) to 10 (an absolute must), deal?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2015 8:50 pm

    I loved Austin Kleon’s book! I guess that’s a 10. I also enjoyed his book “steal like an artist.” Both books are very inspiring and easy reads.

    • January 12, 2015 12:18 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and letting me know what you thought about Austin Kleon’s books (really helpful!). It seems I’ll have to add one more to my wishlist… Kristina

  2. January 11, 2015 7:13 am

    I loved Steal like an artist, so I’ll be looking for the other. Your twitter quote is brilliant, going to save that. (I can’t reply to it).

  3. January 12, 2015 1:02 pm

    It seems Austin Kleon is a gem! I’m going to get both of his books and spread the word about how to support artists some more (hopefully we will get heard). K.

  4. January 14, 2015 7:12 pm

    Love the sound of the Daily Rituals book, may add to my own Amazon wishlist 🙂

    • January 14, 2015 7:23 pm

      I think you should, Lisa, as some of the rituals seem strange, to say the least 🙂 K.

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