Chasing Light - Notes on Creativity by Tim Stevenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I met Tim Stevenson in 2008 when I first moved down the street from him and his wife, Carol. Since then, I've had the great honor to take art classes under his tutelage, read this book in it's original long-hand version, be continuously awed by painting after painting, and sit for hours and hours talking creativity, the difficulties, the inspirations, the meaning, significance, purpose of a living a creative life. He has been a mentor and a friend, and helped me learn how to trust my own creative impulses and allow myself to produce, not just work, but good work.
One does not have to know the man to glean this sort of inspiration and motivation from his earned wisdom. Chasing Light feels like a conversation with a friend, a caring mentor, who wants nothing more than to demonstrate we are not alone in our creative yearnings. With 75 paintings, stunning and jumping from the screen, he has intertwined passages, some only a sentence long, of insightful reflection only a dedicated veteran could confidently profess.
As a lover of books about writing, much of them dealing, of course, with the plight of the artist, this is one of my all time favorites, right up there with Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Stanley Kuntiz's The Wild Braid.
Chasing Light promises to inspire.
Get yourself a copy of Chasing Light. You'll be happy you did.
**As stated in my GoodReads review above, I have a personal interest in the success of this little ebook, which I hope to see in print some day. I had the pleasure of working with Tim on the editing of the text and the design and implementation of the ebook. It looks damn sharp, if I do say so myself.
Tim wanted to go grassroots on this (selling off his website only) so it's presented as a PDF, which means you can read it on any ereader - Kindle, iPad, Nook or the PDF reader on your computer. If you go with the later, I recommend downloading the free Nook reader for your desktop. It looks super sharp in that platform.