Monday, August 9, 2010

Favorite Book, an Etsybloggers Carnival - August 13, 2010

The Etsybloggers’ first carnival host for August is Dorset Hill Beads .

She creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade lampwork glass beads and you can find her Etsy shop, HERE. The two topics Eileen chose for the carnival are:

1. It's back to school time...How are you preparing to get the kids or yourself back to school?
2. What was your favorite BOOK, MOVIE or GETAWAY SPOT over the summer?

I'm not preparing anyone for school, and I didn't read too much this summer. Two books that had an impact on me were The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan (she was a guest speaker at a conference I attended) and a biography about Dorothea Lange, by Linda Gordon.

But they weren't my favorite books - that has to be The Artist's Way Workbook. I’m on Week Nine of the workbook, more than halfway through. Most of you have heard me write about Julia Cameron and this book throughout the summer. I picked it up because I felt in a funk, and wanted something inspiring to read. Actually, I didn't think anything would come of it. But I see how I've changed - it's really surprising.

Every week I continue to read my chapter, participate in activities, and write in the workbook. You must understand that I'm a librarian, and don't believe in defacing books. Writing in the workbook was hard for me.

I went out on dates with myself, started a journal, and wrote the required three pages every morning. These morning pages morphed into art journaling. In addition to the journaling, collaging has entered my artspace, which makes me very happy. I'm creating a mess on my work table, with paper and glue, brushes and water.

I encourage anyone else who is feeling discouraged and wondering if they should continue with their artwork, to try The Artist’s Way Workbook. I like the workbook better than the regular book, which has stories about other people in addition to the activities. Either way, it will get you going in directions you didn’t even think of!


Nico Designs said...

Great post! I always feel so lacking in my reading when i see your book posts--you'll pass out when you see my favorite book from this summer.

BeadedTail said...

I've been thinking about trying that book out myself since it has been so wonderful for you. It intimidates me a little but I might just have to step out of my comfort zone and try it.

I see 'Kansas' written on your art journal. Is that one of those synchronicities for me to try it because I'm from Kansas? :)

MagdaleneJewels said...

As one who is always reading - I was one of those who already read all the books assigned during summer reading in school!
I am definitely going to check out "The Artist's Way". Sometimes we need a little something to keep us on track.

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