Title: Think Like an Artist… and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life
Author: Will Gompertz
Genre: Arts & Photography
From international bestselling author Will Gompertz, Think Like an Artist is a guide to increasing creativity and productivity with help from some of the greatest artists throughout history.
How do artists think? Where does their creativity originate? How can we, too, learn to be more creative? BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz seeks answers to these questions in his exuberant, intelligent, witty, and thought-provoking style. Think Like an Artist identifies 10 key lessons on creativity from artists that range from Caravaggio to Warhol, Da Vinci to Ai Weiwei, and profiles leading contemporary figures in the arts who are putting these skills to use today.
After getting up close and personal with some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, Gompertz has discovered traits that are common to them all. He outlines basic practices and processes that allow your talents to flourish and enable you to embrace your inner Picasso—no matter what you do for a living.
With wisdom, inspiration, and advice from an author named one of the 50 most original thinkers in the world by Creativity magazine, Think Like an Artist is an illuminating view into the habits that make people successful. It’s time to get inspired and think like an artist!
Includes a full-color pull-out insert featuring works of art discussed.
Looking for an inspirational/motivational book? Look no further than Think Like an Artist! Creativity is something that is hard to describe but you’ll know it when you see it. As an artist myself, I find it difficult to explain to others my creative process; it just happens. But when I’m stuck in a rut and/or my muse has flown the coop, I look to other artists for inspiration.
Think Like an Artist is a creativity bible. BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz tackles what it takes to be creative from some of the leading artists (from Andy Warhol to Da Vinci to contemporary artists I haven’t heard from until now). His top ten list will inspire you to never settle and reach for the stars. I loved the quotes as well as the practical applications.
Writers/Authors will especially find this book inspiring. In the same vein as Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, Will Gompertz provokes and changes your thinking while inspiring your creative side. One of the best books I’ve ever read!
Thank you to Abrams Books and Netgalley for giving me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Will Gompertz, previously a director of the Tate Gallery, is now the BBC’s arts editor and the author of What Are You Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. He has written extensively for the Guardian and the Times. He lives in England.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N