While I was on my bi-weekly Public library visit I stumbled upon a quite torn and tattered art book called No More Second Hand Art: Awakening the Artist Within by Peter London. Judging by the condition I knew this book had to be much loved. It seemed to be the type of book that someone would read over and over. Even though it was written in 1989, I don't think it's out of date. In fact, it seems even more relevant in our media infused world lost in a constant bombardment of input.
I know like most artist I struggle with doubt and worry too much about what others might like, or how others might feel about my art. All this does is stifle creativity. Awakening the Artist Within is what it says. It's about letting go and finding your artistic voice again, the beauty of your own vision, and value of dreams. A kind of a artistic philosophy laid out in a deep meditative process to understand self and to make ones art a journey.
The second half of the book focuses on exercises, or encounters, designed to give the artist a unique creative experience.
I admit that I haven't finished the second half of the book, but already I have gotten so much out of it. Little things Peter said just really hit home, and helped me to see that I need to just trust in myself and be a bit more fearless.