Art Before Breakfast

0219_drawing-breakfast-624x434Today I heard an interview with author Danny Gregory that charmed and captivated me.

He has just published a book:

“Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative, No Matter How Busy You are”

(I have no proprietary interest)

I know that many of you who subscribe and read this blog have an affinity for the arts.

I want to share this work with you,

particularly, as Self Expression and the Creative Process is dear to my heart.

I’ll quote a little from the author, and you can see for yourself the appeal.

(I hope)

“Be here.  Now.  Art stops time.  When you draw or paint what’s around you, you see it for what it is.  Instead of living in a virtual world, as we do most of the time these days, you will be present in the real one…tell your story.

Danny's Breakfast

Danny’s Breakfast

Life is just a long succession of small epiphanies.  You need to stop and seize them.  By making art, you will be recording what you are living through and what you are learning about it.  Your art will set a frame around it and give you perspective on what really maters…

Welcome to the world.  It’s not perfect, but beautiful. And the most beautiful things have character and experience built into them…We all live in chaos.  It’s the natural state of things…everything is always changing…turning into cosmic mush…Creativity is the act of shaping the mush of the world around us into something–of creating your own order.

There are always to0 many things to do, too many obligations and chores that take precedence over you.  Maybe you think to yourself, ‘Sure, I’d love to make art, but I don’t have the time to indulge myself right now, etc. etc.’  It’s the essence of life.  It’s what distinguishes us from the mush.  And it’s why our ancestors survived while other less adaptive critters perished.  They responded to change by being creative in some way, by inventing new answers to the chaos…art-before-breakfast-680x450

Creativity can become a habit that fits into your life, like Pilates or flossing, only a lot more fulfilling. You just need to shift your perspective on what it is to be creative…You just have to be you–and express what that means.

I plan to read his book and use it.

Anyone care to join me?

We could form the Vox Anima Breakfast Club.

Vox Anima,  SDM

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Illustrations by Danny Gregory

Other Art Credit: Tumblr

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4 Responses to Art Before Breakfast

  1. Lovely reminder and invitation – adore those illustrations! dja

  2. Susannah says:

    Yes, absolutely sounds like a necessary read! Thank you for sharing this Susan. love the bit about creativity as forming one’s own order – this really resonates. Look forward to looking into it 🙂

  3. susan says:

    Dear D, I liked the illustrations too. Images of everyday life seem more approachable (for me) than a big Project. xo

  4. susan says:

    You are welcome Susannah. I had never articulated this to myself before, but that is exactly what happens for me when I am creating! Order out of chaos! I had often thought of the act of creating as a kind of “re-set”. It’ll be fun to compare notes on the book. I went to Amazon to order it, it won’t be available for about a month. : (
    Maybe you can find it in a book store near you? Thanks for chiming in. xo

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