Steal Like an Artist By Austin Kleon
Published by Workman Publishing~New York
I found this book in an art gallery in Historic Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii. Second one on the right after the first one I visited? Amy Lauren’s? Perhaps Angela Headley-Fine Art?
Roseanne Cash’s quote “Brilliant and real and true.”, captured my eye and interest. My first thought was of The List, “Released in 2009, The List is Rosanne’s first album of cover songs. The selections and the album’s title derive from the list of 100 Essential Country Songs that her father had compiled for her and instructed her to learn when she joined his road show after high school graduation. (Download The List Bio)
NOTE: The numbered line was written by Austin Kleon. The next comment is my own reflective response.
- Steal like an artist
Everyone has role models and influences.
- Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started
Discovery takes forever – sort of a until death until your departure kind of deal
- Write the book you want to read
Need a good opening and closing line, then fill in the details
- Use your hands
For something more real than typing. Live through your 3 H’s – Head, heart & hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important
Hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing – expend some energy through the consumption of oxygen.
- The Secret: Do good work and share it with people
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Blogs
- Geography is no longer our master
Go to new places anyways
- Be nice (the world is a small town)
Endlessly safeguard your reputation through quarrel avoidance
- Be boring (it’s the only way to get work done)
Deliberate disciplined focus
- Creativity is subtraction
The path to failure is through trying to be all things to all people
“A photograph can be an instant of life
captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”