Christmas Book Flood | Recommending reading

Creativity theory

artistswayThe Artist’s Way
Julia Cameron
(UK: Macmillan, 2016; USA: TarcherPerigee, 2002)

This book provides a 12-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. The Artist’s Way will demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life.

Recommended by:
Christopher NorrisJolabokaflod Book Campaign

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (The Artist’s Way)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Artist’s Way)

storyofartThe Story of Art
E H Gombrich
(UK: Phaidon Press, 2007; USA: Phaidon Press, 1995)

This is one of the most famous and popular books on art ever published. For 45 years it has remained unrivalled as an introduction to the whole subject, from the earliest cave paintings to the experimental art of today. Readers of all ages and backgrounds throughout the world have found in Professor Gombrich a true master, who combines knowledge and wisdom with a unique gift for communicating directly his own deep love of the works of art he describes.

The Story of Art owes its lasting popularity to the directness and simplicity of the writing, and also the author’s skill in presenting a clear narrative. He describes his aim as ‘to bring some intelligible order into the wealth of names, periods and styles which crowd the pages of more ambitious works’, and using his insight into the psychology of the visual arts, he makes us see the history of art as ‘a continuous weaving and changing of traditions in which each work refers to the past and points to the future’, ‘a living chain that still links our own time with the Pyramid age’.

Recommended by:
Liz Fay

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (The Story of Art)
Available in the USA via Amazon (The Story of Art)