I finished reading Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon this weekend. As expected, it's chocked full of good little nuggets. First, I have to share the part that made me laugh out loud:
"Don't show your lunch or your latte; show your work." --Austin Kleon
[Sorry guys...I'm gonna keep sharing my breakfast right along with my daily drawings!]
Other lines I highlighted from the rest of the book:
Focus on days.
Once a day, after you've done your day's work, go back to your documentation and find one little piece of your process that you can share.
...make sharing part of your daily routine, you'll notice themes and trends emerging in what you share. You'll find patterns in your flow.
Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them.
If you want to be more effective when sharing yourself and your work, you need to become a better storyteller.
If you are only pointing to your own stuff online, you're doing it wrong. You have to be a connector.
You have to remember your work is something that you do, not who you are.
...a life of creativity is all about change--moving forward, taking chances, exploring new frontiers.
It felt like a little handbook for this creative habits project. It felt good to read words that affirm what I've been thinking and saying. It also feels good to have some fresh ideas moving forward. Chapter 5: Tell good stories really hit home for me. This weekend I was looking at abstract paintings online and ran across the artist Jenny Prinn. I noticed this description of one of her paintings:
This painting was painted en plein air, to help capture the fleeting essence of sea, salt and sky in a New England summer.
Doesn't it make you appreciate the painting even more? That one little line gives her painting so much more meaning. That's what it's all about....share and show your work!
See my favorite parts from chapter 1 here.