Things that I loved in November.
1. Remaining an amateur, and always learning.
I know I'm probably late to Austin Kleon, but after listening to the 'Art For All' podcast interview
with Austin, I had to read both of his books 'Steal like an Artist' and 'Show Your Work'. Full of insights and ideas to kick your creativity. As well as the books he has a wonderful blog full of nuggets. Here's two of my favourite posts, this one
about your artistic family tree resonated with me (I must make a list/tree of all my influences). Also this one titled 'Artists need pockets'
, if you follow my #pockethitchhikers tag on Instagram you'll know that pockets are an important part of my art practice.
2. Following on from my last newsletter about putting in the work, Alex Honnold's Ted Talk about his free solo climb of El Capitan is incredible. It appears at face value to be a crazy/risky thing to do, but Alex prepared for years, and put in the work to make it happen. This kind of mindset is transferable to art.
3. Soaking in the knowledge of masters (ones to add to the artistic family tree). I'm a huge fan of both author Robert Macfarlane and artist Norman Ackroyd, so this Only Artists episode from BBC Radio 4 ticks a lot of boxes. Fascinating conversation between them both. This BBC 'What Artists Do All Day' documentary is well worth a watch too, a glimpse into Norman's studio and etching practise.
As usual if you've reached this far thank you for reading. Please feel free to contact me about anything I've shared.
Best Wishes and happy holidays
Angela (The Raspberry Thief)