Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland – Lambert bought this and given it away more times than he can remember. Kevin Kelley sums it up with “Easily the keenest insight into making art that I’ve ever read. One continuous aahhaaa.”

Creating a Life Worth Living
Creating a Life Worth Living
by Carol Lloyd – Lambert coincidentally found this book when he worked at a motorcycle shop and decided he wanted to get out. Good little exercises to help jog your mind.

Steal Like an Artist






Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – a small, quick reading, visual book filled with some great bits of wisdom.


A Kick in the Seat of the Pants

A Kick in the Seat of the Pants by Roger von Oech – a classic from 1986, this book (and it’s follow up A Whack on the Side of the Head ) can help give you strengthen your ability to think in new ways.

On Creativity by Isaac Asimov






On Creativity by Isaac Asimov (free link) A recently discovered essay by the great SF writer written back in 1959, giving advice to a think tank working on missile defense projects: “How do people get new ideas?”

Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies is a deck of cards by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers a challenging constraint intended to help break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.