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Art & Creative Books: Community Favorites

Favorite Art & Creative Books

[dropcap letter=”K”]noweledge plays an essential role in our creative and artistic development. A recommended book with the right information can be as beneficial as anytime spent in a classroom.  The right book will improve our intellectual outlook and open doors of thought that may have been walls before.

We recently conducted a community poll, asking:

“What is your favorite book on art or the creative process?”

We were excited about the results: some of the books we couldn’t agree with more, others we had heard of but haven’t read, and some were totally new to us.

We look forward to adding some new resources to our library.

The best of the best art and creative resources are listed below:

Our Favorite Books:

(in random order)

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Patron of the Arts- Creativity & Inspiration Crown

-article compiled, photographed & written by Lyrica Glory, founder of Patron of the Arts

Children Inspiration

Kids & The Creative Spirit

Picasso famously once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Children are creative energy, they don’t judge their creation and wonder if people will like what they produce. They create because it is fun.

This collection of photos, illustrates children in their natural happy state creating from a state of absolute purity.

If you have a photo of a child doing art, hashtag us at #patronoftheartskids for photo submission.


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Inspiration Video

WATCH: Best Art Documentaries

Become inspired with our favorite art documentaries. Below are the the trailers to each film, and the links to view the entire film on Amazon. These films are comprised of our favorite films about artists, art movements and creativity.


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Creative Tool Inspiration

EXERCISE: Artist Date, Assigned Play


An Artist Date, Assigned Play
An Artist Date, Assigned Play

An ‘Artist Date’ is a creative tool conceived by best-selling author of the Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron.

Directly from her website:

Artist Dates are assigned PLAY…

‘The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner wellof images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to askyourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

The Artists Way- Creative Resource
The Artists Way- Creative Resource

Why is this an effective creative tool? Creativity can come to anyone who wants it but you have to put yourself, the artist, into a receptive to state in order to allow it.

Take yourself somewhere special- break the routine and do something that excites and delights you. Treat yourself a little extra special and it will open the door to inspiration. Blocks will become unblocked and new ideas have the potential to flow into your creative spirit, if that is your belief or intention.

The best word  in describing the Artist’s Date is flow (a steady, continuous stream of something). Artist dates help in increasing your flow of creativity. If you would like a little more inspiration in your life, take yourself on an extra special date.

(You can read more about ‘Artist’s Dates‘ in Julia Cameron’s best selling book, ‘The Artists Way‘)

-written by Lyrica Glory, founder of Patron of the Arts


Creative Humor

Inspired by the Sunday paper funnies, we’ve compiled some of our favorite humorous creative and art related cartoons. Enjoy!


The Incidental Comic, Grant Snider:

In Addition, check out some of our favorite art related documentaries:

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Inspiration Video

VIDEO: The importance of Imagination

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”-Albert Einstein


1. the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.
2. the action or process of forming such images or concepts.
3. the faculty of producing ideal creations consistent with reality, as in literature, as distinct from the power of creating illustrative or decorative imagery.
4. the product of imagining; a conception or mental creation, often a baseless or fanciful one.
5. ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness: a job that requires imagination.

In Depth:

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