From international bestselling author Will Gompertz, Think Like an Artist is a guide to increasing creativity and productivity with help from some of the greatest artists throughout history. How do artists think?
Think Like an Artist: and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life
Where does their creativity originate? How can we, too, learn to be more creative?
Yes, it can be infuriating and at times disheartening, but nothing else can make you feel as truly alive and connected to the physical world as bringing your ideas to life. It is, I suppose, the ultimate affirmation of our humanness.
Why else would despotic dictators lock up poets and extremists destroy artefacts? They are frightened by ideas that oppose theirs, and threatened by those who can express them. Creativity matters.
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Will Gompertz (2015) Think Like an Artist…and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life.
After I devoured this book, I found myself coming back to it again and again, reading chapters out of order, savouring the quotes and anecdotes, and filling my creative well. Ideas need honing, simplifying and focusing…. It cannot be forced. It happens when we are awake and when we are asleep.
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It happens when we are thinking about something else entirely, or playing a game of tennis. It happens because a stimulus in our immediate surroundings — usually without our knowing or subsequent acknowledgement — has alerted our brain to make a connection, which has resulted in a combination being formed that joined all the dots into a perfectly realized, logically robust idea.