use your hands

austinkleonfeat Before moving to Austin, Texas, B and I knew we needed to read the wonderful inspiring books byAustin Kleon who lives in Austin too! One of the first weeks we were exploring our shiny new city, we went to walk around the best local bookstore, Book People. We easily found down these two books and didn’t hesitate to buy them. I’ll admit we intended to read them right away, but it took us a few extra days until we finally started.

We began Steal like an Artist on our way to a wedding in Arkansas. I read to B, and we stopped to discuss and take notes along the way. By the end of our drive there we had devoured the book! It was truly inspiring and I’d love to share a few notes I jotted down.

“…embrace influence instead of running away from it.” “Don’t steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.” “Do good work and share it with people.” “Don’t worry about unit from piece to piece- what unifies all of your work is the fact that you made it.” “The best way to get approval is not to need it.” -Hugh Macleod

instagramAK After reading Steal like an Artist, we were eager to get started on Show Your Work!. Each night we would read a few pages together, still discussing and note taking along the way of course. Here are my take-aways from Show Your Work!

*“Raw enthusiasm is contagious.” “find your voice, shout it from the roof-tops and keep doing it until the people that are looking for you find you.” -Dan Harmon. “Focus on days.” “Make sure you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. ” “Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it.” -Derek Sivers “You just have to be as generous as you can, but selfish enough to get your work done.” “We work because it’s a chain reaction, each project leads to the next.” - Charles Eames

These books were very beneficial for us. I highly recommend them to any artist, and especially artist who need a little encouragement to be proud of work, work hard, and share it with people, and any one who is passionate about whatever they do. I hope to carry the wonderful messages and use them in my daily life going forward.

Again, “whatever excites you, go do it.”