Think Like an Artist
Penguin, London, 2015
Think Like an Artist by BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz – wisdom and smart thinking from Da Vinci to Ai Weiwei. Why do some people seem to find it easy to come up with fresh, brilliant ideas? And how do they turn them into something worthwhile? After spending years getting up close and personal with some of the world’s greatest creative thinkers, the BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz has discovered a handful of traits that are common to them all. Basic practices and processes that allow their talents to flourish, and which we can adopt – no matter what we do – to help us achieve extraordinary things too. It’s time to Think Like An Artist and…Become Seriously Curious (Caravaggio’s discovery of optical lenses changed art for ever.) Think Big Picture and Fine Detail (Turner transformed a masterpiece with a tiny dab of red paint.) And realize…It’s Nearly Always Plan B (Mondrian spent years painting trees before becoming a master of abstraction.). ‘Will Gompertz is the best teacher you never had’ Guardian As the BBC’s Arts Editor, Will Gompertz has interviewed and observed many of the world’s leading artists, directors, novelists, musicians, actors and designers. Creativity Magazine in New York ranked him as one of the 50 most original thinkers in the world. He is the author of the international bestselling art history book What Are You Looking At? which has been published in over 15 languages.