Letters to a Young Artist: Building a Life in Art #2019

Letters to a Young Artist: Building a Life in Art Julia Cameron Letters to a Young Artist Building a Life in Art In the tradition of Rilke s Letters to a Young Poet an original and inspiring work from the bestselling author of The Artist s Way Each month Julia Cameron receives hundreds of letters and e mails f

  • Title: Letters to a Young Artist: Building a Life in Art
  • Author: Julia Cameron
  • ISBN: 9781585424092
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Letters to a Young Artist: Building a Life in Art Julia Cameron In the tradition of Rilke s Letters to a Young Poet, an original and inspiring work from the bestselling author of The Artist s Way Each month, Julia Cameron receives hundreds of letters and e mails from people around the world who have read her classic work on developing creativity, The Artist s Way, and who long to engage in further dialogue with her This book providesIn the tradition of Rilke s Letters to a Young Poet, an original and inspiring work from the bestselling author of The Artist s Way Each month, Julia Cameron receives hundreds of letters and e mails from people around the world who have read her classic work on developing creativity, The Artist s Way, and who long to engage in further dialogue with her This book provides Julia s thousands of admirers with just that intimacy and illumination Written in the form of correspondence from a wise, experienced artist to a young artist who is full of turbulent self doubt, Letters to a Young Artist echoes the many conversations Cameron has with all of the artists whose lives she has touched with The Artist s Way In these haunting and eloquent letters, the writer answers questions that are central to the artist s journey How do I know that I am truly an artist How can I find encouragement How can I keep moving despite my fear A rare window into the heart of the creative process, Letters to a Young Artist is an inspiredvolume from this leading authority on creativity and art.
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    1. I can hardly see the author or her letter writing character , perched on so high a post, talking down to the lowly young artist Letters to a Young Artist may serve well to discourage if not batter the fledgling artist before he or she has even had a chance to find their own voice and style Those less fledgling may simply toss it with some degree of disgust at the arrogance and cliche treatment of the artistic process It s not so much that there isn t the occasional grain of truth in the advice g [...]

    2. This book is NOT at all in the tradition of Rilke s Letters to a Young Poet This book is, however, in the tradition of arts teachers playing armchair psychologist to young people and of people with power and agency to abuse those who are seeking their help In the case of mentors, this abuse tends to be most invisibly but damagingly in first assuming that youth means immaturity, and inexperience and access to an abundance of resources, including time, energy, and art supplies, but unconsciously [...]

    3. I once read a quote that letters are just notes to oneself You are telling the other person what you have been doing but maybe you are just confirming what you have learnt from the experience and what you now believe to be true This book can be at times a little condescending, repetitive or boastful but maybe all advice especially in letter form is I found many encouraging thoughts and ideas in its pages, I took notes and I will reread them but if the book had just been notes I don t think it wo [...]

    4. I feel like I was thrust headfirst into the life and mind of an artist There was no easing into this book no gently advice It was a swift and sometimes harsh confrontation of the misconceptions, doubts, and stereotypes of what it is to be an artist In Letters to a Young Artist, an older, experienced author is writing letters to a younger author, a style reminiscent of The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis Despite only reading one side of the letters, we as readers develop a very clear sense of sty [...]

    5. As a series of letters to an imagined young artist, the book can be repetitive at times But that is the nature of writing letters Otherwise, Cameron s advice comes down a few basic tenets and habits, the main one of which is to develop a habit of creating your art every day, regardless of mood and circumstance Once you decide to be an artist, you have to commit and work at being an artist in whatever medium you work in Cameron does a good job of knocking down any romantic notions of art, and wha [...]

    6. A great reminder of the independent life of the artist, which came to me just when I needed several reminders of how far I have come on my own journey In her letters to an un named emerging artist are all the hallmarks of Cameron s Artist s Way principles, which these letters reveal she is actually reminding herself of, once again, as we all should They are common sense, protective, nurturing, and a great relief to anyone on the path to creating work and putting it out there As with all Cameron [...]

    7. I love Julia Cameron This book was so healing to read as an artist and as a writer She handled so many hang ups and unhealthy mindsets that I ve either seen, wondered about, or personally bumped into relating to being a true writer or true artist and she handled each of them with panache, grace, a little tough love, and charm Beautiful for anyone who wants to make art, be an artist of any kind, or live a life of grace.

    8. I liked it Surprisingly I found some new ideas in what I thought was a pretty well hashed topic, and while I am not as religious as Cameron, I was in agreement that work can be therapeutic and a way to feel a sense of purpose and grace The format was a schtick, but it came off well and I started routing for the young artist whose life needed to get back on track I took out of this then just guidance for artists.

    9. This book is, from beginning to end, a compilation of some of the best advice you can give an artist It s written in a companionable but no nonsense way, as if from an experienced mentor to a young, egotistical artist just spreading their wings I would recommend this to every artist, no matter what kind you are whether you are an author, a musician, a cook, a dancer, or if you just paint your nails on occasion.

    10. This wise and experienced artist wrote a series of letters to a young artist full of self doubt about his writing abilities She answers questions central to the artist s journey How do I know I am truly an artist How can I find encouragement How can I keep moving forward despite my fear Real words of wisdom.

    11. Julia Cameron is insightful and perceptive Her letters illustrate both the importance and the different ways one can articulate one s desires, fears and longings while recognizing the artist in all of us.

    12. I m definitely going to read this book multiple times It was a fast read, and felt like having a conversation with a experienced artist who genuinely wants you to do well.

    13. The illusions of an artist s life are broken through the fictional letters of an elder artist to a young artist.

    14. There are some really nice thoughts in here I m a fan of Julia s and I like pretty much everything she has to say about creativity.

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