Making Art a Practice, book cover

You would think I would have read enough of these books by now, wouldn’t you?

Perhaps it’s because making art can be a solitary activity, that I’ll take all the encouragement I can get, and there are some terrific books that are very positive and encouraging.

Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to Be the Artist You Are) by Cat Bennet is the newest in my “collection.” I say that in quotes since I have a library copy at the moment.

Have you heard this phrase? “My art practice,” or “in my practice,” is this new phrase (at least to me).

Author Cat Bennet relates this idea of an art practice to the idea of a yoga practice — something that we do for its inherent value, not for outcomes.

With jewelry making, there’s more of an expectation than with other art forms, that we’ll sell our work. Which is fine, lots of us do want to sell our work. But what about when it doesn’t sell? What about when we haven’t found the right outlet for our work yet?

Then it’s good to be reminded about why we do this, why we make jewelry, what we get out of it besides sales. And how we can push ourselves to higher levels of achievement, in terms of executing our vision.

If that all sounds good to you, you might like this one.

Here’s the link to the book.

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