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Think Like an Artist by BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz - wisdom and smart thinking from Da Vinci to Ai Weiwei Why do some people seem to find it easy to come up with brilliant, fresh ideas? And how do they turn them into something worthwhile? Will Gompertz, the BBC's Arts Editor and a former director at the Tate, has spent years getting up close and personal with some of the world's greatest creative thinkers. And he's discovered a handful of traits that are common to all successful people, from novelists and film directors to scientists and philosophers. These basic practices allow their talent to flourish. And they can be adopted by all of us - no matter what we do in life - to unleash our own latent creativity and help us achieve extraordinary things. It's time to Think Like An Artist. 'Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had' Guardian As the BBC's Arts Editor, Will Gompertz has interviewed and observed many of the world's leading artists, directors, novelists, musicians, actors and designers. Creativity Magazine in New York ranked him as one of the 50 most original thinkers in the world. He is the author of the international bestselling art history book What Are You Looking At? which has been published in over 15 languages.
This book presents 75 ways to look at art and the life lessons you can learn from it. From the works of ancient Egypt and Greece to today's abstract and conceptual pieces, by way of Leonardo, Dürer and Rembrandt, Picasso, Warhol and Ai Wei Wei, art inspires us to take a fresh look at the fundamental questions we face. These lessons includes questions about success, love, work, friendship and life and death. Think Like an Artist, Don't Act Like One is a lively introduction to art history as it resonates with your own daily life, and it acts as an exhortation to look at art in your personal way.
"Join Marisol D'Andrea, PhD, as she explores the potential of artistic thinking, demonstrating the untapped power of this awe-inspiring process. A visual artist herself, D'Andrea shows you how artists think and what we can learn from them, drawing on her own experience and those from others who embrace this passion. You'll find a treasure trove of information about how the arts influence innovation and increase the opportunity for artistic practices that encourage you to self-transform and to live life "like a work of art." D'Andrea takes you on a journey of exploration, expanding on the existing literature and scholars' perspectives. She examines the prominent and distinctive characteristics of the artist's thought process, supported by interviews and dialogues with artists, scholars, and leaders. D'Andrea distils artistic thinking into a number of common elements: passion and obsession; imagination and belief; observation and connection; visualization and pondering; learning and explore; and practice and repetition. They all provide the spark for self-transformation and innovation. Following her lead, you'll have plenty of fodder for starting the conversation and ripening your thinking. Says D'Andrea, "Through the arts, I learned-and I hope you will learn, too - how to prioritize your thinking (i.e., follow your passions), how to think (e.g., imagine), when to think (e.g., explore), and to discover who you are (e.g., self-transform) ... It was artistic thinking that empowered me and spurred me on to write this book.""--
This is THE artist bible. Essential reading for the art interested, full of over 1000 insightful serious and humorous perspectives on art and what it is to be an artist. There are many practical art books but none that explores the nuances of art to the degree that this book does. Ever wondered where to learn art school secrets? The Artist's Bible is full of them, full of original, never-published-before, art maxims. A satirical and inspirational book where humour sits proudly side by side with serious art maxims. A refreshingly new take on books typically written in the self-help genre. A book that entertains without falling into a pit of sentimentality and cliche. Preambled with a delightful short story, written in the vernacular, about redemption through art. The author uses satire for serious ends as he rampages through the art school discourse making bold pronouncements on art along the way. How to think like an artist and art as a way of life are explored with hundreds of subtle observations. Essential reading for artists, the artist's bible over-flows with insightful pearls of sound practical art advice and humourous slights at the artist's expense. The book digs deeply into the ironies of a life lived at arts' behest exploring the full compass of each with subtle twists and turns of phrase. This book is a true gem, an inspirational book for inspired people. The book's title offers a clue as to its content but it is essentially a fun book albeit one with serious overtones and its deliberations cut through the often unpassable sludge of art academia. A gift book extraordinaire, the reader will be left feeling uplifted and inspired and certainly not indifferent.
Written in Johnny Saldaña's elegant and accessible style, Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind boldly pursues the challenge of teaching students not just how to collect and analyze data, but how to actively think about them. Each chapter presents one “method of mind” (thinking analytically, realistically, symbolically, ethically, multidisciplinarily, artistically, summarily, interpretively, and narratively), together with applications, a vignette or story related to the thinking modality, points to remember, and exercises. Designed to help researchers “rise above the data,” the book explores how qualitative research designs, data collection, data analyses, and write-ups can be enriched through over 60 different lenses, filters, and angles on social life. Venturing into more evocative and multidimensional ways to examine the complex patterns of daily living, the book reveals how the researcher's mind thinks heuristically to transcend the descriptive and develop "highdeep" insights about the human condition. “This is a book for all qualitative methodologists. Not just a ‘how-to’ manual but an epistemological exercise in understanding qualitative methods.” —Cassie F. Quigley, Clemson University “This book fills an important void in the field. The market is crowded with books on techniques and strategies for conducting qualitative research. Saldaña’s volume provides a vital complement by encouraging students to develop the core analytical skills and interpretive frames they need to be truly successful in their research endeavors. He helps students flex and hone the epistemological muscles that are at the center of capable qualitative research.” —John P. Bartkowski, University of Texas at San Antonio “The focus of the book is clear and consistent. The writing is superb. It deals with sophisticated ideas in a clear and highly communicative style. It weaves important and relevant scholarship in ways that help the reader grasp the key ideas. It’s one of the best books I have read.” —Liora Bresler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign “Thinking Qualitatively invites students to think before they act and offers a rich set of options for qualitative researchers to consider.” —Michael Brown, University of Wyoming “This book brings together key ways of thinking about our work as qualitative researchers. In many ways, it captures the breadth and depth of our work, while calling for us to be ever reflexive about our practices. I see this book as positively informing the work of novice and experienced researchers. It is a much needed addition to the qualitative research community.” —Jessica Nina Lester, Indiana University
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This book is the journey of the author in discovering the impacts of self talk and the limits it can create in your personal and professional life. His stories resonate with groups he has shared them with over the last 30 years. Reading it will impact the way think about problems, approach leadership and engage in your journey thru life.

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