There is only so much sitting and watching TV that I can handle. Don’t get me wrong…I love a lazy day now and then or a movie marathon, but I’ve been operating at 50% or less for a few weeks now. Especially during the first two weeks of recovery, I was medicated, sore, tired, and not good for much of anything. I didn’t even want to watch a show that involved following a plot. It just required too much of me.
But, as I started to heal and feel better, I found myself daydreaming about future projects and creative endeavors. I started watching shows that centered more around the creative process like the Great British Baking Show and Project Runway. And the daydreaming and desire for inspiration led me to dig into some old and new magazines and books, which are one of my favorite wells to draw from.
I have enjoyed these books for different reasons and I thought I would share them with you…
Oh, before I do, I added the link to the crocheted hat and scarf for those who asked. You can find it at the bottom of THIS POST.
I pretty much love everything that comes out of Jo Packham’s world. This issue of What Women Create Oct/Nov/Dec 2019 was so good! If you ever feel like everyone is doing the same thing, an issue of this magazine will show how many unique ideas there are out in the world.
I follow James Farmer on Instagram and absolutely love his style, so I didn’t hesitate to buy his book. His style is traditional, but anything but boring. I have loved pouring over all of the color combinations, patterns, and layers of textures.
I must admit that I’ve never been into Rae Dunn’s pottery. It’s not that I don’t like it, but I prefer vintage and antique ironstone. But I was intrigued by her books on watercolor and inspiration. I admire her so much as a creative and artist after reading these books. And the story of how she started sketching and painting is awesome. She’s encouraging and generous.
And I have been waiting for Juliette Aristides’ new book to come out and I finally got it! I love her classic style and approach to sketching and painting. This book is excellent and I can’t wait to have my right hand back to work through it.
I haven’t read this book by Ruth Chou Simons, yet, but I’ve flipped through it and it’s so beautiful and encouraging. This is a book I tripped across and I’m glad I found it.
And, lastly, I’ve loved Magnolia Pearl for a long time and the creator, Robin Brown, released her first book earlier this year – …and the stars go with you. The thing I love most about Magnolia Pearl is that the brand that is unapologetically what it is. It’s quirky, unique, romantic, and sometimes delightfully weird. It’s refreshing and I enjoy all of the quotes and inspiration this book contains. I’ll be giving away a few copies soon, so keep an eye out for that!
What has inspired you lately?