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'Find Your Artistic Voice' by Lisa Congdon: Mini Book Review

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Thu 2nd Apr 2020
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Book:'Find Your Artistic Voice' by Lisa Congdon
121 pages
This Edition Published By:Chronical Books, 2019
ISBN:9781452168869

Although this book is written in a style that I'm not used to, and at times struggle with, I never the less enjoy reading this and get a lot out of it.


'Find Your Artistic Voice' by Lisa Congdon

The book contains 7 chapters covering various topics, and one that is interesting is chapter 5 - 'The Importance of Showing Up, Practicing and Setting Routines'. It says, not unreasonably, that to find our own style (which shouldn't be a copy of someone else's) we need to show up at our desk/working environment and practise, practise by creating art, not just thinking about it, or looking at someone else's work.

It also talks about bridging the gap between an idea we have and the skills we have to implement it, particularly in the early years. A gap that can led to disappointment - we have a great idea, we like it, we can see it in our mind, but our skills are there yet to implement in suitably - and that leds to the disappointment. She says that to bridge this gap we need to practise - obvious really - but hard to put in to practise sometimes where there are so many distractions around us. She says that even if we put just 15 minutes each day that will help - but we need to make sure we do that 15 mins or whatever we allow ourselves.

For me, my biggest draw back in life is lack of time (busy family life with 7 and 9 year old children and busy wife) and lack of energy at times / rare health conditions. The solution for me is careful time management - currently during this pandemic I usually only get 30-40 mins per day to make my wood engraving blocks, engrave and print, and so I need to use my time wisely. One way I do this is work on small blocks on simpler work - at this stage I don't want to spend months engraving a block for it not to work out and lead to disappointment - I'd rather do lots of simpler, smaller blocks, and find ones that work, and be encouraged by those and create larger ones.

One frustration for me is that I get much more time to write this blog than I do to engrave, and in the coming weeks and months need to find a creative solution to this.

I'd like to be able to review this more, but time doesn't allow me to at present, but I did want to include it here as it is an important book to me.

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