Building a Creative Life
By Barbara Bietz – Creativity
For busy parents it can be a challenge to incorporate creative activities into an already over scheduled family life.
Often the desire to create is squelched and getting starting seems daunting. There are some wonderful, accessible books that will help jumpstart creativity without intimidation. Check out one of the following books to get your inner artist inspired:
Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists by Rice Freeman-Zachery
Along with encouragement to lead a creative life and practical ways to do so, various artists are profiled in alongside beautiful, whimsical works of art featuring mixed media designs. Readers will learn what inspires artists, details about their own creative process, from work space to finished products. The chapters in this little book of joy include, “Meet the Artists,” “What is Creativity Anyway,” and “Opening Your Eyes to Inspiration” A detailed index is included.
Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity by Ed Cyzewski
Like a warm, reassuring hug, this e-book presents creativity is as a gift to nurtured and shared. Artistic outlets should be pursued as part of a meaningful life, without guilt. Words of wisdom are imparted, such as “You need to create because there is a part of you that is meant to come alive when you’re at the computer, behind a piano, holding a pen, or handling a needle.” No matter the artistic endeavor you seek, you will find comfort and encouragement that will soothe your soul.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
Of all the book selections, this is the most light-hearted and fun. Bold black and white graphics in an easy to read format shout out some fundamental truths about the creative process. There is an interactive flow that feels like a conversation with the author. Quotes from well-known figures including Pablo Picasso, T.S. Elliot, David Bowie, pepper the text. If a creative “pick-me-up” is needed, this is the perfect remedy.