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Creative's Corner: Creative Inspiration Books

Welcome to this week's edition of Creative's Corner!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite art books with you. Now listen, I want you to know immediately that these are not Christian books. I've long believed you take what you can from a book and leave what you don't need. It doesn't bother me to read something I don't totally agree with, but if it bothers you, steer clear of these books.

But also, if you haven't noticed, the art world isn't exactly saturated with Christians but is saturated with loads of inspiration. (I will share my favorite Christian artists in another post down the road). So let's get on with it.

This is my favorite book to have on my shelf. It's the one I most likely will grab when I feel defeated in my practice. Years ago, I heard W speak about his artwork at a political event I attended with Jeff, which brought me to tears. In a room filled with "important people," he spoke about his art practice as if it were the most crucial season of his life. And he was the President of the United States for 8 years, only preceded by his term as Governor by our great state!

I am continually inspired by the President. His heart for people, his heart for art, and his heart to use his art to make others feel seen. This is a must-have.

This is a great little book to grab if you're just getting started or if you're trying to switch gears. It's all about using inspiration for your benefit and not copying others... but stealing from them. (In a good way!)

This is one of the ones that is decidedly not a Christian book but full of suggestions to get inspiration. Not to mention it's a beautiful cover. If you're trying to figure out if your art or creativity is important, this is the book for you.

This is an excellent reference book for any creative! Whether you are a painter, a graphic designer, an interior designer, or just someone who like to use various combinations of color - this book is full of ideas!

Speaking of color - this is a great guide to color theory. It is complete with exercises to use in mixing color, discovering what works and what doesn't and WHY. Great for the beginning artist but also a great refresher for the rest of us to pick up from time to time.

This book is basically an 8-week course in getting out of a creative rut! Highly recommend this one. **Keep in mind this book can be a little "new age-y" with the talk of spirituality. However, when I interchange that with my faith, it becomes incredibly meaningful!



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