Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times.

But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

And these challenges don’t have to define us or our lives.

In fact we get to choose how we build and use our resilience.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment and I get that.

I’m here to help.

We have a community of artists and creatives with wide-ranging backgrounds and trainings…

Working in just about every medium you can think of…

So I’ve done some crowdsourcing so that we can have a survival guide for chaotic times.

That’s where this series of blog posts comes in. These posts are designed to strengthen your resilience as an artist so you’re ready for what life holds – both in your community and at the easel.

It’s a great time to turn inward and focus on self-care. In fact, let’s get hooked on a new inspirational resource.


So here’s the top 10 art book suggestions for creatives: 

1. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

2. Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel

3. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

4. The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

5. Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carol Marine

6. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

7. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

8. How to See Color and Paint It by Arthur Stern

9. Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

10. The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 25 art book suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 25 Art Book Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember – the more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay.

Happy painting and all my best,





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