Casual Friday: What I'm Reading

Happy Friday! So, for this first Casual Friday (I won't be announcing what day it is that I'm writing for after this week...this is just to get this all kickstarted), I wanted to tell you about a couple of books I've been reading lately.  The first one is called Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne.

Creative Thursday

Marisa has written this book to artists seeking a little inspiration in their daily lives and a little push to get started creating every day.  One thing that I absolutely love is that she encourages you, the reader and/or artist, to just pick one day to be creative.  In her case, it was Thursdays and then evolved into every day.  She adds in a lot of tips and questions for you to ask yourself and to encourage you to discover your creativity and make it a habit.  I'm not quite finished with the book, but it's such an enjoyable read, even if it's just a chapter or two a day.

My favorite part of the book so far is Chapter Three: Finding Inspiration.  Marisa gives examples of different ways to find inspiration in your daily life or your favorite things to do on a daily basis.  Another part that I've obviously taken to heart is creating habits.  For instance, I've taken this week to try and form the habit of blogging once a day Monday through Friday, even if it's just a little blurb on the days that I do get to write to you all.  So far, so good! (Wish me luck I can continue this!)

This book is filled with Marisa's lovely and adorable paintings as well as her photography.  Honestly, the book is almost more of a picture book because of the use of large images on the pages.  But that also makes it go faster when reading and doesn't discourage the reader with too much information on one page.

I really recommend that you check this book out because it's such a neat and quick read.

You can find more about Marisa and her book at her website!

The other book that I've been reading is called The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee.

Right Brain Business Plan

In this book, Jennifer has very successfully written about how creatives can create a fun and inspiring business plan without getting too bogged down with all the confusing and frustrating left brain stuff.  I'm not too far into this book, but I can already tell that it's going to help me a lot.  Jennifer has added lots of exercises for you, the reader, to do as you're reading the book.  Some require more time than others, such as making Big-Vision Collages (p. 38), but some can be done as you're reading along, such as visualizing your creative space or business (p. 37).  That exercise really took me back to when I was in my Marketing for Artists class at ASU when we were asked to visualize our studio workspace and what would be included in it.  My vision of my studio after doing Jennifer's Big-Vision Visualization was very similar in my mind to the one I had thought of about a year ago, but with some changes here and there.  I plan to continue working through the book with the goal in mind to hopefully get my small art business kickstarted at the end of it!

I also recommend this book because it's such a friendly, easy, and creative way to think about business plans without getting too wrapped up in all the confusing stuff.

You can find more about Jennifer and The Right-Brain Business Plan here!

That's all I have for you today.  I hope that you have a wonderful Friday and weekend and I'll see you all next week!

What have you been reading this week?