An Artist’s Thought Book: Intriguing Thoughts about the Artistic Process (2nd Edition)


The second edition has over 75 new maxims on the artistic process from the multifaceted artist, Richard Bargdill. Chapters concentrate on poetry, singing, painting, the nature of creativity, and what it means to be an artist. In separate sections, the artist has picked his favorite maxims and elaborated on what those particular ones mean to him. Thus, the reader can view the work initially without influence but later can gain from the input of the author.

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Paperback: 178 pages
Published May 27, 2014
ISBN-10: 1939686067
ISBN-13: 978-1939686060


Bargdill’s An Artist’s Thought Book presents fascinating and psychologically-minded reflections with regard to the artistic process. Maxims are provided and elaborated upon, and readers will benefit the most from the book if they thoughtfully reflect on each maxim. Doing so will facilitate the process of artists being more meaningfully engaged with their work. I am confident that this book will appeal to musicians, visual artists, poets, and others engaged in the creative process, as well as to those whose lives are deeply touched by the arts and by creative artists.

Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP
Emory University School of Medicine
2014 President, American Psychological Association

Richard Bargdill’s book, An Artist’s Thought Book, offers thoughtful comments on the mystery and creativity of artistry. As a singer, songwriter, and blues guitarist, I found many delightful aphorisms in this book that helped me to look at my art as well as my creative process and consider approaches from various viewpoints. The subtle humor as well as the insightful Buddhist-like chants reminded me that we as artists all suffer similar obstacles and joys along the road to creativity. A joy to read—the book can be picked up at any time, flipped to any page, and ideas will begin to speak.

Jimmy Adler, songwriter and blues recording artist of “Midnight Rooster,” “Swing it Around,” and “Absolutely Blues: Live at the Boneyard”

Creative inspiration can come in powerful small chunks. This book offers short insights, like seeds, that readers can ponder and let grow in their imagination. On each page there is at least one seed that will stick in your throat for part of the day!

Eric Maisel, PhD, author of Coaching the Artist Within and Secrets of a Creativity Coach


This book is delightful, deep, risky, and fun! The artist—whether visual, musical, poetic, or a creator in everyday life—can be an upstart and a sage, a truth teller and a purveyor of extraordinary beauty. Here is a voyager who goes into new realms, risks it all and brings it back to us. In An Artist’s Thought Book, through engaging maxims and selected elaborations, we get a peek into the special sensitivities of our creative seers, along with their (and potentially our own) lives, challenges, and special ways of knowing. Don’t miss this fascinating book.

Ruth Richards, PhD, MD, Professor, Saybrook University
Editor, Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature; Co-editor, Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health


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