CREATIVE BLOCK (my book!)

I don’t even know what to write… this has been hush-hush for so long… but finally, I can tell you all of the ins & outs of my book that has just been released by Chronicle Books {available in stores all over the world?!!} Let’s start with the title. It’s called CREATIVE BLOCK, and here’s what it looks like (an instagram taken with my very old phone, but you get the idea):

*The cover was designed by Dinah Fried at Chronicle, and then painted by Toronto based artist Amanda Happé. I love it so much and am proud to have had such talented people working on this project.

SO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:

I came up with the idea for CREATIVE BLOCK for myself, just as much as for all of you. I wanted to make something beautiful – a contemporary art book filled not only with inspiring images, but also inspiring words, advice, and tips to help amateurs and professionals alike, find their way through those days when the ideas just won’t come. Because everyone who dabbles in something creative feels that way at some point – right? Right. I wanted to write this book to show you that if you’re feeling this way you’re not alone either. I’ve written hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of posts about successful, working artists who seem to have this whole “creative thing” figured out. But surely they have blocks from time to time? How do they get through them? Where do they find fresh inspiration? How do they handle negative feedback? Does it stop them in their tracks? Now, these full time artists don’t have the luxury of not finishing, or giving up on a project – not when they’ve got a gallery or art buyer waiting on them! So how do they push themselves through those moments when the ideas just aren’t there? Or when the ideas are there, but their hands or materials will not cooperate.

THE ARTISTS:

Finally! I’m thrilled to reveal the list of 50 amazingly open, honest, witty, thoughtful, funny, talented artists that allowed me to interview them about their own creative blocks, insecurities, and inner-critics. Not only did they give us a candid view into their creative process, but each of them wrote a “creative unblock exercise” to help shake us out of our own blocks. Amazing? YES!

Gah! Almost 300 pages of stunning contemporary artwork, insightful advice, and creative-unblocking tips. It’s soooo good, all thanks to that amazing list of people who have been such a huge inspiration to me. I’ll hope, actually I know, they’ll inspire you too!

WHEN & WHERE:

The book is now on shelves, all over the world, as of March 2014, and online via GREAT.LY, Chronicle Books, and all of the other usual suspects. Check the side bar for upcoming book signing events! See you there!

ps. Thank you so much to Jerry Saltz, Brené Brown, and Faythe Levine for writing endorsements that will appear on the back cover - I love that you love it!





comments (55)

  1. Jenn /// 10.14.2013 /// 1:29pm

    Fantastic! Can’t wait to see it.

  2. heather elizabeth /// 10.14.2013 /// 1:43pm

    Happy for you!! Looks great!!

  3. Kate /// 10.14.2013 /// 1:59pm

    WOO!! Congratulations, Danielle. This is going to be one of the best art books of the year (says your proud editor, with obvious bias but complete conviction and sincerity…)

  4. Joanne /// 10.14.2013 /// 2:05pm

    This is so exciting! February feels so far away!

  5. saloria /// 10.14.2013 /// 2:06pm

    Lisa Congdon! <3 I knew her on this page and now im her fan! this book will be sooo amazing! Congratulations!!!

  6. kim /// 10.14.2013 /// 2:14pm

    Cant wait to read it!!!

  7. Jen /// 10.14.2013 /// 2:21pm

    Cool! Congratulations.

  8. Deidre /// 10.14.2013 /// 2:23pm

    Congratulations Danielle!! You did it, I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!!

  9. Sandra /// 10.14.2013 /// 2:57pm

    So well deserved! And filling a HUGE need. I can’t wait to read it and even better, to USE it in my day to day work.

    Massive congrats!

  10. A /// 10.14.2013 /// 3:23pm

    Pre-order SUBMITTED. Can’t wait.

  11. Cora Murphy /// 10.14.2013 /// 3:29pm

    Brilliant! Am thrilled to read this. Congratulations – this is a book I cannot wait to read and I am sure lots of others feel likewise. Enjoy your well deserved success.

  12. the jealous curator /// 10.14.2013 /// 3:36pm

    ack! just realized the entire artist list did not load in!!! everyone is there now though! (and thanks everyone – i’m sooooo excited!)

  13. Trey Speegle /// 10.14.2013 /// 4:18pm

    Wow. So, happy for you… and us. I can’t wait to read all of the exercises. Honored and humbled. Now I’M jealous…

  14. Molly /// 10.14.2013 /// 4:33pm

    This looks AMAZING!!! I can’t wait for this to come out! Would you be interested in giving away a copy on my blog? Or doing a quick interview? I’d sure love to have you as a guest and promote your new book! :) specsandwings@gmail.com

  15. danielle (aka the jealous curator) /// 10.14.2013 /// 4:35pm

    sure! thanks molly… i’ll give you a shout!

  16. Alexa /// 10.14.2013 /// 9:17pm

    Enjoy the book and all the moments with it!! That´s so great your blog lead to such a book! Looking for inspiration found inside of it:). And as the fellow ,,commenter” mentioned – oh, yes, I am a bit jealous, too (as I always wanted to publish a book!) ;) Greetings from Europe

  17. the jealous curator /// 10.14.2013 /// 9:46pm

    thank you so much alexa! i really will savor every single second : )

  18. rossana taormina /// 10.14.2013 /// 11:34pm

    Brava! My compliments

  19. laura redburn // cardboardcities /// 10.15.2013 /// 1:05am

    woo, i just preordered! i’m soooo excited!! i’ll definitely do a write up on my blog when it’s in my hands too :)

  20. Audrey /// 10.15.2013 /// 3:29am

    I’m super freaking broke but this is the first thing on my Christmas list! Hooray!

  21. the jealous curator /// 10.15.2013 /// 6:08am

    ha! well hopefully santa will bring it then! : )

  22. brandi marie /// 10.15.2013 /// 7:33am

    It looks so good! I can’t wait to get it! So much talent in there. Congratulations, Danielle!!

  23. Laura /// 10.15.2013 /// 8:52am

    What a kickass topic! I could not be more excited to read your book Danielle! You’re an inspiration in so many ways, and I appreciate so much how you’ve channeled your personal artistic challenges into something others can benefit from. Hooray and congratulations!

  24. Melanie /// 10.15.2013 /// 9:08am

    This is going to be so awesome.

  25. Sondra /// 10.15.2013 /// 10:18am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have such an amazing blog! Can’t wait to see it. Best to you, Sondra

  26. Morgan /// 10.15.2013 /// 1:10pm

    Preordered!!! Can’t wait!!

  27. Jessica from Of Sand & Snow /// 10.15.2013 /// 2:01pm

    Love Alyson Fox!!!! (And you too, Danielle!)

    How exciting – and many congrats!

  28. Erin /// 10.15.2013 /// 4:56pm

    I never leave comments but OMG I am so excited for your book! Your blog really is amazing and inspiring!

  29. Rose /// 10.15.2013 /// 11:38pm

    Danielle,

    Congratulations on your upcoming book. I can’t wait to get my copy!

    If it’s as good as your blog, it’ll become one of my favorites “goto”s for inspiration!

    Rose

  30. Julia /// 10.16.2013 /// 7:06am

    I NEE-EED this, ASAP! ;D Congratulations!

  31. the jealous curator /// 10.16.2013 /// 6:57pm

    thank you so much everyone!!! i can’t wait to hold it in my hot little hands! :)

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  33. arielle /// 10.19.2013 /// 1:28pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this gem!
    Congrats on a lovely accomplishment

    Arielle

  34. the jealous curator /// 10.19.2013 /// 1:53pm

    thank you! : )

  35. Chris De Rosa /// 10.20.2013 /// 2:54pm

    Sounds like a interesting book, congratulations.
    But why Amazon! Support all creative outlets including struggling bookshops
    Chris.

  36. realneo /// 10.20.2013 /// 5:30pm

    Pre-ordering seems like a very small payment (and great reward) for what always pays off as an important, relevant, and valuable resource. Thanks! Always jealous of the Jealous Curator.

  37. the jealous curator /// 10.20.2013 /// 8:43pm

    hi chris, yes the book will be available in all sorts of bookshops, big and small. it’s just pre-released on amazon (through chronicle).

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  39. noreen /// 12.30.2013 /// 2:22pm

    congratulations! i’ll hop over to amazon now. it must feel so wonderful to have created something beautiful and useful. might need to review it! a very happy new year to you! n

  40. the jealous curator /// 12.30.2013 /// 2:48pm

    thanks so much noreen! and yes, it feels fantastic – a dream come true really : )

  41. stef /// 01.11.2014 /// 7:36am

    congrats! i was surprised at the price of the book – i’m definitely per-ordering!

  42. the jealous curator /// 01.11.2014 /// 9:00am

    oh, thanks so much stef! : )

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  44. Shirley Malakoff /// 02.13.2014 /// 10:59am

    I have a copy of the book sitting beside me as I write this. It arrived yesterday. It’s a FABULOUS book!!! I’m so very, very impressed! Way to go, Danielle! Well done!!!!! I would encourage everyone, artistic souls or not, to purchase a copy. You will be glad you did!!!

  45. the jealous curator /// 02.13.2014 /// 2:41pm

    oh! how exciting!!! thank you so much shirley… i’m nervous to hear what people are going to think of it! [ i, of course, am soooo proud of it... i hope everyone loves it as much as i do ; ) ] thank you for the very kind feedback xo

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  52. Shayna from Pattern Pulp /// 04.07.2014 /// 8:25am

    Saw it in San Fran’s MoMA store looking colorful, strong and smart – very happy for you! xoxo

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  55. モンクレールのサイズ /// 10.31.2014 /// 8:53pm

    こんにちは随時時折と私は同じようなものを所有し、私はちょうど好奇心した、スパムの多くを得る場合には、私はあなたのブログを読んでフィードバック?ので、どのようにあなたがしなければお勧めしますそれは、いずれのプラグインやあなたが何かできることに対する保護? 非常識私は最近、それが私を運転しているそんなに得るので、任意のヘルプ非常に高く評価されている。