January is gone… and February has arrived with glorious sunshine and slightly lower temperatures than we find comfortable. But, the sun is shining – what more can we ask for when we choose to live above the 49th parallel? Most of us own a down jacket and warm boots and coping with winter is really a “mind over matter” thing. This is not always easy but there are a multitude of coping mechanisms that one can employ.
I find that reading and broadening my knowledge base offers one of these coping mechanisms. Last year I enrolled in an online diploma class in photography. It worked: I learned so much, and just reading and completing the home work assignments made the cruel low temperatures move into the background.
Last Friday I took delivery of a book I had pre-ordered a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t expect to receive this book till after the February publication date of February 15th, 2015 and yet, here it was. The book is by David Usher and it is called “Let the Elephants Run”. What is so great about this book? It isn’t that I am learning a whole lot of new things about creativity – what I am receiving from this book is a confirmation of my personal philosophy.
David Usher clearly states that creativity can be learned. Creating is 95 % hard work and 5 % inspiration. Eureka! I have said this all along and “Let the Elephants Run” is a great yet easy read. But hold on, it is not just a passive read, it is a workbook for those that may be interested. Every few pages one is encouraged to pick up a pen or pencil and jot down some doodles, a few words in answer to some poignant questions.
I have only just started to actively engage with the book and am not prepared to give it an objective recommendation. As with every book that deals with creativity this is a personal selection, and as my friend said: “Not too profound yet!” (she is on pg. 80). My personal question is “Does it always have to be profound?” I love the way the book is an easy read with some light bulb moments (for me), and if nothing else… it has great quotes! It strongly reminds me of the book I reviewed on my blog a long time ago “The Art of Looking Sideways” by Alan Fletcher. Here is a link to the free eBook version which might be of interest.
My goal for February 2015 is to tackle life in a more creative manner. I am not just referring to work in the studio but everything I touch on. Follow me through the ancient passage way in my feature image today, and as we squeeze through each doorway together we will embrace new ways to adapt. I will keep you updated on the progress I make with the “Let the Elephants Run”.