Behind-the-scenes: My Favorite Art and Business Books

A little round-up of my favorite Art and Business Books! 

"Think Like an Artist" by Will Gompertz, is my new favorite book!  

It breaks down the qualities of artists and is delightfully refreshing if you are encountering a little summer slump or total burnout.  The author focuses a great deal on the personality traits that set entrepreneurs and artists apart, which is really interesting to read about if you are currently pursuing an art-related passion or dream.  One of my favorite parts about his writing are all of the annecdotes about artists throughout history and the tales of their funny personalities.  It's awesome, check it out! 

"Creative Block" by Danielle Krysa.

Anyone who knows me knows what a HUGE (Crazy?) fan I am of The Jealous Curator.  I find her voice (podcast, too!) to be so honest, refreshing, and kind in a world of competitive and crazy.  Her books is nothing short of magical and I love it.  I have re-read it a couple of times now and every time I want to put it down, I cannot.  She profiles many artists and their stories and the writing is fresh and real.  I LOVE THIS BOOK.  

"Chasing Slow" by Erin Loechner.  

In a time of MORE, MORE, MORE, this book is amazing.  It reminded me to slow down even though I want to fight really hard to achieve my dreams.  Erin Loechner is one of my favorite bloggers and has always written from such an interesting perspective that makes you really think about what matters in life.  I highly recommend this book for not just art or business, but for a reality check on life, too.  

"The Promise of a Pencil" by Adam Braun. 


If you know me, you know I love the organization Pencils of Promise.  We partnered with them for the Rise Summit and have raised money to build a school soon!  I love the mission of this organization and the slow, thoughtful approach they take to building community.  In his book, the Founder Adam Braun tells his life story in relation to the forming of PoP and it's so compelling.  It makes me want to pack a bag and go build schools immediately!  But more importantly, Braun celebrates those people who are forging their own paths to build a life and career that they are proud of.  Go check this book out. 

Ok, what are your favorite books for inspiration and business ideas?  Be sure to share in the comments below! 

xoxo

M