So it's New Year and I'm only just getting back into the habit of blogging a bit more regularly than once a month!! Last year I was asked to review some 'creativity' books. This has been a really enjoyable experience. I published my first review in November last year and the plan was to do one every month, but then December ran away with me and it's now January. Oh well, best intentions aside, I'm proud to be able to bring you my little review of Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne, an inspiring artist and textile designer from Los Angeles. I love how this book looks and I also love Marisa's whole philosophy and a lot of the things she talked about throughout the book really resonated with me.
I'll start by saying that the introduction grabbed me straight away and I really identified with a lot of the things Marisa said, which made me think that I was going to enjoy the book a lot. So I delved straight in to the pages which were filled with Marisa's delightful illustrations and structured chapters covering all aspects of creativity, from setting out your intentions of what you want to create, believing in them and visualising how they will look before you take action and make them happen.
It was reassuring to discover that I'm not the only creative who suffers from procrastination and resistance every now and then, there are some great tips for how to deal with this, especially when you feel as if you can't move away from it. Self-doubt and negative inner voices are also dealt with, and again, this seems to be something we all suffer from, it's in our nature. Marisa gives us ways to look past this and to be more accepting of our imperfections and to embrace what we are and where we are in our lives.
There are also chapters on finding inspiration, feeding your creativity and making time to enjoy gathering inspiring images, photos, etc and Marisa encourages recording this whole process, using journals, sketchbooks etc and I love the idea of forming your own 'creative wellspring' of inspiration, what you can dip back into during your creative lows. She encourages opening your mind and being inspired by the simple things in life and getting back to basics. I love this approach to creativity, my own home and kitchen, cooking and following recipes has given me lots of inspiration for new work in the past.
This is a lovely book (I think the only criticism I would have would be the font size, which for me was a little small), it was well thought out, full of inspiring ideas, colourful and quirky, and Marisa's characters were really loveable, personally I think they would make great characters for a childrens book. It will be a great one to read in one sitting but also to keep on hand to dip into every now and again when you feel you need a boost or a bit of direction.
If you would like the chance to win this book, please leave a comment telling me about something that has inspired you so far in 2013. Closing date is 31st January and I'll inform the winner in Feb.