I spent all of my childhood believing that I wasn’t very creative. I was type A and organized; definitely not the artist type, I thought. Thankfully, I married an artist who encourages every creative impulse I have.
Years ago after falling in love with the show Project Runway, I declared “I want to make clothes!”. That Christmas he bought me my sewing machine…swoon. That’s real love folks.
These days—still with some hesitation—I would call myself a creative person. But even so, creating something can be scary. That fear is one of the main things that keeps me from embracing that side myself. I worry about spending time on something that doesn’t end up being very good. Or sharing my work and getting a negative response. It takes courage to make art and especially to share it.
“Steal Like An Artist” is the pep talk every artist and creative person needs. It helps fuel creative freedom by reminding you that there truly is nothing new under the sun. What makes something “new” or unique is not that you have original ideas, but that you are the one doing it. You are the secret sauce. Kleon encourages the artist in a simple way, “do good work and share it with people”.
Obviously, you do not have to be a professional artist to enjoy this book (stay at home mom over here!). Anyone can find a nugget of wisdom, whether your passion is creating online content or making delicious cakes.
It’s a quick and easy read, so even if you don’t love it as much as I do, you won’t lose too much time. But for me, whenever my creative side needs some encouragement, this little gem is my go-to. Enjoy!