Welcome back, my friends!
Was your weekend as beautiful as mine? Some of our most wonderful family friends came into town, and I spent all day Saturday shopping and laughing and eating good food. Today after church, Hubster, the boys, and I all napped till after four in the afternoon! We spent the evening in Downtown Duluth looking at the new buildings and shops, having a picnic, and going for a walk/jog.
I think I mentioned on here that I've been trying to pay more attention to my health. I've been tracking what I eat, and I've also become a moderately committed runner (a few old friends may have just spat coffee all over there screens because it's no secret that I HATE running). I've admired runners for many years and wished I could enjoy it, but it has never been my thing. (I much prefer cycling. Probably something about speed; after all, I have only one sewing pace: pedal to the floor) Recently, though, my evening walks have become evening jogs, and I feel good about it. I need the exercise, and I'm seeing the benefits. I lost two pounds last week!
Anyway, today, I want to write about a book a love: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. The bottom line is this: If you are a creative person in any medium, and you want to nurture your creativity, go buy and read this book IMMEDIATELY.
Artists have a long history of copying the work of others in order to learn. Then, everything an artist has learned about technique and more from copying becomes part of the story that artist tells. But there are good and bad ways to steal, and this book provides a wonderful took kit for unlocking creativity. I've read several wonderful books about creative best practice and battling impostor syndrome, but this is very, very high on my list. I don't want to give away all the good stuff since this is a pretty quick read, but there are lots of ways and reasons that you can get busy working and growing as an artist.
So, check it out!! Also, you can find the author, @austinkleon on Instagram. Then you can head over to my Instagram, too, @stringandstory, to check out my #the100dayproject, #100daysofstringandstory. I'm especially enjoying recording videos while I practice my free motion quilting. I'd love to know what you're working on, too!
See you soon!