Five good things, including album cover art and kids’ art books

1. An art exhibition that combines my love for both art and music: Cranbrook Art Museum’s “For The Record” exhibition features album cover art alongside other pieces made by that artist.

2. Austin Kleon’s blog always inspires me and points me toward new-to-me things that I might enjoy. In fact, this blog format I’m trying is inspired by his newsletter.

3. I recently read The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith and am now reading Ripley Under Ground. I understand Patricia Highsmith was not a great human being, but there’s no denying her writing talent. She manages to makes me root for a murderous sociopath with frightening ease.

4. Children’s art books! I checked out a handful of kids’ books about modern art from the library and I enjoy them so much more than the turgid tomes written by art critics. Best of all, the books inspire me to try making new things. Collage, anyone?

5. Speaking of making things, this comic by Lynda Barry really, really speaks to me right now (and I desperately need the reminder). The two questions that can stifle creativity (“Is this good” and “Does this suck?”) intrude my brain far too much in practically everything I do. Getting rid of that mindset is a work in progress. I love how she put it:

The Two Questions‘ came from trying to write something good and not getting very far because I had forgotten that trying to write something good before I write anything at all is like refusing to give birth unless you know for sure it is going to be a very good baby.