Art, Writing & the Creative Process

ART, WRITING & THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
RECOMMENDED MEDIA LIST


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOKS
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• Art and Fear, by Bayles and Orland, The Image Continuum

• Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon, Workman Publishing

• The War of Art: Break Through Blocks and Win Inner Creative Battles, Stephen Pressfield

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON CREATIVITY:

• 101 Things To Learn in Art School, Kit White, MIT Press

• Catching the Big Fish, by filmmaker David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks…)

• The Creative Habit, by dance choreographer Twila Tharpe

• Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers, Leonard Koren, Stone Bridge

• Zen In the Art of Making A Living, Daido John Loori

• Marry Your Muse, Jan Phillips

• The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

• The Artist’s Tao, Sean Starr

• Zen Brush, Tao Words, Gene Lavon Porter, MA

• The Widening Stream: Seven Stages of Creativity, David Ulrich

• Just Kids, Patti Smith

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON PHOTOGRAPHY:

• The Photographer’s Eye John Szarkowski

• The Mind’s Eye Henri Cartier-Bresson

• Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs Ansel Adams

• Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Vilem Flusser

• Why People Photograph, Robert Adams

• On Beauty in Photography, Robert Adams

• On Photography, Susan Sontag

• Letting Go of the Camera, Brooks Jensen, LensWork Publishing

• Ping Pong Conversations, Alec Soth with Francesco Zanot, Contasto

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON WRITING:

• If You Want To Write, by Brenda Ueland

• Writing Down the Bones, by Zen practitioner Natalie Goldberg

 

RECOMMENDED PERIODICALS

• The Sun (literary magazine)

• Orion (progressive nature magazine)

 

©Douglas Beasley 2014