Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

Iconic Women Artists

Lisa Congdon’s wistful portraits celebrate Kara Walker, Louise Bourgeois and more.

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 brilliant female artists in text that’s smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists’ works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from 1600 to the present day for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.

To Get Happier, Focus on What Makes You Miserable

Focus on the bad

Interesting article which references Randy Paterson’s book  How to Be Miserable:  40 Strategies You Already Use.  This book offers an interesting counterpoint to our national happiness obsession:  Focus on the bad.

“If we can accept distressing feelings for what they are — part of the normal flow of human emotion —then, paradoxically, we will be less distressed. Our distress comes not from experiencing those emotions, but from our reaction to them as being unacceptable or abnormal.”

“Steal Like An Artist -10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Creative”

Steal Like An Artist

Austin Kleon’s talk “Steal Like An Artist” is a creative manifesto based on 10 things he wish he’d heard when he was starting out. Austin is a writer and artist.  He’s the author of Newspaper Blackout, a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker.

Click HERE to listen to his TED Talk.

The Theory of Being Inspired

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Though I am a book lover, I’ve only been fortunate enough to watch this film. One day, I will read this book because it exemplifies the very thing people don’t want to face: possible failure AND things that they can’t foresee: conquering the impossible.

This memoir recounts the lives of emotionally strong characters who overcome incredibly challenging moments.  It gives us hope. You must watch this movie if you don’t have time for the book. It is truly inspirational.