Monday, January 24, 2011

Dancing in the woods and other advice.

By John Jude Palencar On Friday Eric Fortune posted some artistic advice that resonated with a number of visitors to our blog. Most have read or leafed through the book "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain". That book offers hands-on practical exercises for the artist to develop a way of seeing the world. The material Eric posted was a bit different. As artists we all know creating art is a bit of a mind game. While we all have fairly decent dexterity and can come up with solutions for a variety of projects. There is a point were we all get "blocked" or have stagnant periods in our creativity. Eric stumbled across the material he posted while working in the art department of a Midwest company. He didn't know the source of the material that he posted. After reading Eric's post something sounded familiar. I was sure that I had read these constructive suggestions before. Since I haven't read this book in a while ( I will have to revisit the material) I am about 90% sure that this is where Eric's source material came from... The book is titled "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron (ex-wife of James?). Her book addresses many of the pitfalls and creative blocks that all creative people face. Now I must go dance in the woods.... Amazon Link "The Artist's Way

14 comments:

  1. i fondly remember this books place on the top of my mother's bookshelf and how she had it on the kitchen bench every time she was working on her sculpture. Having a strong and special association with seeing this book when creative 'vibes' were high, it must have developed a bit of an untouchable aura, because I have never felt like i could pick it up and read it... perhaps now is the time!

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  2. Julia Cameron is not one of James Cameron's ex-wives. If they're related, it's only distantly. She was, however, married to Martin Scorsese.

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  3. Hey Howard - Thanks for clearing up the info in regard to Julia's ex-husband. Damn - I mentioned the wrong film director. I stand corrected!

    JJP

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  4. Thanks, this is now added to my must read list. :)

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  5. Hey, if a Palencar dances in the woods and no one is there can you still hear the applause?

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  6. Cheers for this, both Eric & John.

    Well needed inter-continental slap in the face at just the right time.

    Just ordered the book, gracias.

    Mark

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  7. I recognize this book from my years working in a bookstore as a teen, but I regret not having read it now that I am moving into a more creative phase of my life.

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  8. I've heard of this book and I may have to check it out. I'm intrigued.

    Another text that belongs on every artist's shelf is Art And Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

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  9. Hey John,

    The "Artist's Way" was a great book to focus in on my creative process and "reprogram" my thinking as a creative person. I read it and used it as part of a college study in 1997 on the creative process. I have my college journals posted on my art blog. This is the link to the beginning of the Artist's Way posts if interested:

    http://snyderart.blogspot.com/1997/04/artists-way.html

    Here's a list of some other books that I read for the study and recommend for those interested in the creative process:

    - Audette, Anna Held. The Blank Canvas: Inviting the Muse. Boston: Shambhala, 1993.
    - Bayles, David., and Ted Orland. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Santa Barbara, CA: Capra, 1993.
    - Cameron, Julia. The Vein of Gold: A Journey to your Creative Heart. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996.
    - Flack, Audrey. Art and Soul-Notes on Creating. New York: Dutton, 1986.
    - Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing: Seeing and Drawing as Meditation. New York: Vintage Books, 1973.
    - Franck, Frederick. The Awakened Eye. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1979.
    - Goleman, Daniel, Paul Kaufman, Michael Ray. The Creative Spirit. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
    - London, Peter. No More Secondhand Art. Boston: Shambhala, 1989.
    - Lord, James. A Giacometti Portrait. Toronto: McGraw Hill, 1980.
    - Maisel, Eric. Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art. New York: Putnam, 1995.
    - Maisel, Eric. A Life in the Arts: Practical Guidance and Inspiration for Creative and Performing Artists. New York, NY: Putnam, 1994.
    - May, Rollo. The Courage to Create. New York: Norton, 1975.
    - McNiff, Shaun. Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go. Boston: Shambhala, 1998.
    - Milner, Marion. On Not Being Able to Paint. 4th ed. New York: International Universities Press, 1979.
    - Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play: Inprovisation in Life and Art. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, 1990.
    - Orland, Ted. The View From the Studio Door. 2006.
    Thanks again for your input on Muddy Colors. It's an excellent source of info and inspiration.

    Sincerely,
    Gene Snyder

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  10. Bill....the answer is yes. Although, I was the only one clapping and John didn't know I was there...that I'm always there....waiting...

    Gene~ Fantastic list. Must learn more.

    Thanks for the post John.

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  11. Hi Bill - What is the sound of one hand clapping? Also - my chipmunks and squirrels are often entertained by my performances.

    Great list Gene!


    JJP

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  12. I've seen John Jude dance. It's...disturbing. So the thought of JJP dancing in the woods conjures up images from Grimm's fairytales. With bloodthirsty chipmunks instead of wolves.

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  13. That book has some really great advice, especially regarding ways to recharge your artistic batteries. May I recommend one more? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. He addresses some of our self-censoring & self-sabotaging habits in a fresh & fascinating way.

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