A little about the book

It all started with a challenge. 2 years ago I wrote a guest blog for Lori Putnam that was called “Bring something to the table”, it was pretty well received. Perhaps because it is something that I believe in, a message at the core of everything I’ve taught since 1990. And at the end of the post there were the comments. One in particular was from a gallery owner who said, “You should write a book”. So I did.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of figuring out the creative process for the purposes of explaining it to a broad reach of artist and non-artist types. I say figuring it out, but it was really more about organizing what I inherently knew. I was never really taught critical thinking or divergent thinking, but somehow I developed a process for getting to an idea. I’m pretty sure that it’s not a new discovery, from my years of exposure to advertising, graphic design, illustration and fine art, I’ve seen parts of this method show itself in the work of others… but no one has really explained it in a way that is useable.

In the nearly 30 years of my teaching and workshop instruction I witnessed the same patterns over and over again in the students. People were afraid to take chances, unsure about exploration, living on assumptions based on what others had told them. What started as a challenge became a mission for me, a purpose borne out of a lifetime of problem solving and ideating. I want everyone to have these skills. And they can be learned.

While some folks are seemingly more creative/innovative than others, I believe that they simply have less fear. The key components of the creative process can be learned by anyone but overcoming the fear of applying them, that’s the trick.

So the first half of the book is about just that. Not an academic overview and case study compendium but actually how to do it, how to identify what’s holding you back and what to do about it. All based on observation and experience. This stuff, sadly, is not taught in schools. But it should be. The nuts and bolts of this process are what made this nation great. Innovation, invention, inspiration, intent, connectivity, problem solving and problem finding.

The book is called, “Fishing for elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity.” And it should be available by November one as an ebook. No, I won’t be creating a print version, unless a publisher decides to pick it up… then yes. But ebooks are way less expensive to make and purchase, making it more accessible to everyone.

It’s really designed for artists but anyone can use the nuts and bolts of it.


11 Responses

  1. Sergio Lopez says:

    You don’t even want to put it on Blurb or something?

    • larrymoore says:

      I’d have to start from scratch with the design and stuff. I may. lots of people are asking. But I only got rights for a lot of the art for ebook.

  2. Can’t wait to get read this book!

  3. Please let me know when your ebook is available

  4. Judy Elias says:

    How do we get the book?!

    • larrymoore says:

      It will be available on IBook, Amazon and Kobo as an ebook only starting this week, Nov 15-22. Don’t know exactly when.

  5. Hi Larry,
    I don’t know if you remember me- I took your 4 day workshop in Richmond Virginia (thru Loryn Brazier) this past summer. Unfortunately, my daughter had an emergency and I had to leave mid day of day 3 to fly to Houston to be with her in the hospital. I was so upset to miss the remaining part of your workshop- I really enjoyed the first part and think you are an amazing teacher (and extremely entertaining!). Anyway, i would love to be informed when your book is ready- I can’t remember if I already signed up, but just in case, please add me to the list. I hope I’ll have a chance to see you again and take one of your abstract workshops- take care- Jinx Constine

  6. I am very interested in your ebook, is it available now? How may I purchase it?
    I was recently visiting with Scott Christiansen at his studio and he told me about it.
    Thanks so much and best wishes!

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