Inspiration for creative folks:
Fourteen servings of beauty and creativity:
- Animated photos.
- These houses are for the birds.
- Beautiful quilts by Diana McClun.
- Two-dimensional reclaimed wood portraits.
- An interesting glimpse at Da Vinci’s genius, and two more books I want to read.
- A sculptor talks about the Period Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Oliver Sacks said imitation and mastery of form precede creativity.
- Embroidery beyond the hoop.
- Nonfiction reading list.
- Illustrators celebrate Christmas.
- This Christmasy blog post is just so pretty I had to share it.
- A quick trip around the world in photographs.
- Some lovely menorahs.
- An artist’s (slightly twisted) process for writing a Christmas book.
Your weekend dose of inspiration:
- A different kind of travel photos.
- Amazing photographs of spiders.
- Surreal murals.
- 25 free quilt patterns.
- How and why to read daily.
- Artist workspace.
- An orthodontist who’s also a very successful cartoonist.
- What to read next?
- Symbolism in a Renaissance painting.
- Unbelievably beautiful photographs submitted to National Geographic contest.
- Lovely Christmas ornaments to make by hand. Gift idea!
- A federal program to give work to artists? What a revolutionary idea!
Good stuff here this week. Lots of ideas to make you more creative.
- The perils of being a new photographer (or how to almost get thrown out of a concert by Prince).
- Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has written a new book for girls.
- What’s your superpower?
- Did you know former president George W. Bush is an artist?
- Photos or paintings?
- I love keeping up with this quilt group.
- What can you do with a dead butterfly?
- The illustrations of Pat Achilles.
- Interesting reading list.
- I may already have included this article in a previous Creative Juice, but it bears rereading—it’s that important for your brain.
- Five things you can do now to encourage your creativity.
- Another strategy to improve your creativity.
Twelve articles to make lightbulbs shine above your head.
Years ago, when I subscribed to O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, my favorite feature was a monthly peek at a different celebrity’s bookshelf (or was it nightstand?). Winfrey is a powerful advocate of reading; when she likes a book, it becomes a best seller.
I love finding out what other people are reading, don’t you? When I find someone who likes the same types of books as me (and I’m eclectic), I hang on to his/her recommendations and refer back to them.
So, for your enjoyment, here are links to some of the reading lists I’ve saved during the last year or two:
- From Ernest Hemingway
- From James Radcliff
- From Ken Follett
- From Book Bub
- From President Obama, President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton
- For YA fans
- From Emma Watson
- From Suzanne Collins (mostly classics)
- From Strand Book Store
- For Christians
Have you ever picked a book off your shelf that you don’t remember reading, and after a few pages, realize is familiar? This happens to me over and over again. I don’t know if it is because some books are simply unmemorable (yet pleasant enough to read) or if I really am losing my mind as I grow older. To combat this, I try to keep a list of books I’ve read, with a brief summary. Some years I’ve been more successful than others. Occasionally I give up in frustration. When I worked for the Department of the Interior and used a Franklin Planner, I kept my list there. For a while, I kept a list on Facebook, but that meant I had to log on to Facebook to update it—too easy to get distracted. This year I started keeping track on ARHtisticLicense, on the Books Read page.
Have you ever thought of keeping a reading journal? If you are a writer, making notes on what you read can help you hone your skills.
What books have you read during the last year that you would recommend to others? Please share in the comments below.