Artist Austin Kleon’s fantastical ideations and journals

I’ve heard of Austin Kleon from his book Steal Like an ArtistI haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on my reading list. I was listening to an interview with him on the podcast Good Life Project and was blown away.

Sure, his book seemed interesting. But his mind was – extraordinary.

When it comes to art, I tend to find Sturgeon’s law holds up, that is “ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Of course, it’s not “crap crap.” Like, it’s not terrible, but it doesn’t resonate deeply with you. It doesn’t excite you. It doesn’t give you goosebumps when you experience it.

But every once a while. Boom. The needle on your inner compass swings hard toward an artist’s creation.

The list of inspirations he rattles off in the podcast is an all-star line-up of artistic forces: Henry David Thoreau, Shel Silverstein, David Sedaris, and more. And he exposed me to folks I didn’t know about, particularly, Twyla Tharp.

So I decided to check out his website. He blogs daily (which I love). After looking over his Instagram, I got a sense of his art. I thought it was good, but it wasn’t amazing.

As you can see, it’s good, certainly. And I still think his book is definitely worth checking out. But I have seen similar things like Brian Dettmer’s work.

Then, I found a blog post where he showed his intense journals… and was blown away.

He follows a meticulous process of notetaking on a tiny journal, transferring that to a big journal in the morning after breakfast, and logging in greater detail about his life after his journaling.

His notebook is a remarkable hodgepodge of awesome – the best kind of scrapbook.

I can’t wait to explore more of Kleon’s work. It seems like an endless spring of inspiration for me. I hope you love it too. Here’s a taste:

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