Lynda Barry – Books ‘What It Is’, ‘Syllabus’, ‘One Hundred Demons’, ‘Picture This’. The creative process through image and word combined. I love the questions she asks.
I’ve become a Lynda Barry fan. I read her books slowly. There is a lot going on and I want to catch all of it. I love how her mind moves around the creative process, asking it questions, testing out answers. Her books invite me to play in the thousand thousand possibilities of creating. I am a kid again when I dive into one of her books. How cool is that!
I read her books with my sketchbook beside me. I always come away with ideas for my own work, and questions about my writing and drawing process. I know from experience to write down what comes to me, so that I have it to hand tomorrow, or next month, or next year when I need it.
Lynda’s books give permission by example, to play and create, each in our own particular way. Did she intend that? I don’t know, but this is the effect her books have on me–FREEDOM! I am already playing and creating in my own way, and she invites me to explore farther and deeper, see what else I can make with my heart and head and hands.
The book I am reading right now is ‘Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor’. This book is dense with image and word, pages from the classes she teaches, drawing and writing from her students. So much to take in and learn here, to experiment with.
Thank you, Professor Lynda!