Books on a variety of topics important to artists including, art business, creativity, marketing & promotion, artist block, inspiration, how to and much more. We are always adding to this list and would love you to share any recommendations you might have.
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
By David Bayles and Ted Orland
What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there? These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development.
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist
By Lisa Congdon
You don’t have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love. In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art.
The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love
By Jackie Battenfield
Using a “tough love approach” to pursuing a career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield expands on her highly successful classes and workshops to provide a comprehensive guide for both emerging and mid-career artists.
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
By Amanda Palmer
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
The Artist Way
By Julia Cameron
The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
By Elizabeth Gilbert
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration.
Business and Legal forms for Fine Artists
By Tad Crawford
Includes new forms for hiring and firing employees, agreements to arbitrate, promissory notes, and general releases. Also included are a contract for the sale of an artwork, contract for a commission, delivery-of-art confirmation form, artist-gallery contract, contract for an exhibition loan, model release, and much more.
Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd
By Carol Lloyd
Dreaming is easy. Making it happen is hard. With a fresh perspective, Carol Lloyd motivates the person searching for two things: the creative life and a life of sanity, happiness and financial solvency.
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
By Twyla Tharp
One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents.
Getting Your Sh*t Together: The Ultimate Business Manual for Every Practicing Artist
By Karen Atkinson
Far too often artists find themselves having to compromise their art and their life because they were not taught accurate up-to-date methods for dealing with business situations.
How to sell your art online
By Cory Huff
Cory Huff dispels the myth of the starving artist and provides the effective business strategies necessary to make artistic creations pay. He helps individual artists find their niche; outlines the elements essential for an effective website; and provides invaluable advice on e-mail marketing, blogging, social media marketing, and more.
How to Steal like an Artist
By Austin Kleon
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age.
I’d Rather be in the Studio
By Alyson B. Stanfield
Offers practical approaches that help you sell more art and build an art career that lasts. Stanfield shares self-promotion tools that have enhanced the careers of thousands of artists.
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
By Hugh MacLeod
MacLeod has opinions on everything from marketing to the meaning of life, but one of his main subjects is creativity. How do new ideas emerge in a cynical, risk-averse world? Where does inspiration come from? What does it take to make a living as a creative person?
Letters to a Young Poet
By Rainer Maria Rilke
In 1903, a student at a military academy sent some of his verses to a well-known Austrian poet, requesting an assessment of their value. The older artist, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), replied to the novice in this series of letters — an amazing archive of remarkable insights into the ideas behind Rilke’s greatest poetry.
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
By Austin Kleon
A book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion, Show Your Work! is the follow-up to my New York Times bestselling guide to creativity, Steal Like An Artist. If Steal was a book about stealing influence from others, Show is about influencing others by letting them steal from you.
Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist (The Insider’s Guide to Exhibiting and Selling Your Art)
By Cay Lang
An internationally exhibited photographer and teacher, Lang offers the wisdom of experience, combined with enthusiasm and gentle humor, to guide artists through the ins and outs of the art business.
View from the studio door
By Ted Orland
Orland argues that when it comes to art making, theory and practice are always intertwined. There are timeless philosophical questions that address the very nature of art making, as well as gritty real-world questions that artists encounter the moment they’re off the starting blocks and producing work on a regular basis.
The War of Art
By Steven Pressfield
Think of The War of Art as tough love… for yourself.Resistance kicks everyone’s butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.