How to Avoid Making Art
In How to Avoid Making Art, the bestselling author of The Artist's Way delivers a (tongue-in-cheek!) guide to doing anything and everything you possibly can to avoid making art. Anyone who is engaged in a creative pursuit will no doubt identify with these wonderful cartoons by award-winning artist Elizabeth Cameron of creative wannabes doing everything except actually getting down to work.
"For most people creativity is a serious business," says Julia Cameron. "They forget the telling phrase 'the play of ideas' and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play." Ultimately, the characters in this book show us how we can turn our procrastination into play and our play into great work. With this delightful volume, Julia Cameron once again hits the nail on the head on the subject of creativity.
Reviews from Goodreads.com
I have never been a fan of the kind of mean-spirited carping Cameron attempts to pass off as “humor” here, and never am I less so than when someone belittles things like the importance of holding a job (and then tu... ...more
That said, it's a charming book, and a short and fast read. The pictures are adorable, and the captions--each a different way to avoid making art (or anythin... ...more
Not a particularly deep book. It takes about 10 minutes to read through, and not all the cartoons... ...more
I just reread this for the first time since 2008 (when I did the above review), and I feel the exact same way about. Actually, I was more inspired than shamed this time, so that's a plus. ...more