November 2018: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
I'll admit right off the bat that I am only an occasional Hemingway fan. I can appreciate his genius while not always enjoying his stories. However, I found A Moveable Feast to have some exceptionally inspiring parallels to painting.
I was hooked when I found out that the title was the way Hemingway thought of writing - as a moveable feast - a delight that can be taken with you - which is reason enough to try scratching a pencil across a page. But it resonated on a deep level with me because that is the way I have long felt about painting, though I would have described it with much more verbosity and far less eloquence.
In this memoir, along with Hemingway's description of his life in Paris as a writer, he also describes his work ethic and writing practice. Not only do I find it useful to learn from other artists, I think richer inspiration can be found when looking to other artistic mediums.
This book inspired me to pick up the pencils with gusto - but instead of raising one to write I used it to fill my sketchbooks.