This is the Ebook version, for the print version see here. The Ebook is compatible with all major Ereaders and can be read on your mobile, tablet or computer.
It’s easy to feel inspired and creative when we have spare time, are on holiday or in awe of a beautiful new place.
We take photos, or write or draw – and think, wow this is so satisfying, I should do this all the time.
Then we get home, we get busy, life overtakes us and suddenly we realise that our camera has been gathering dust in the cupboard, or the last time we wrote was sitting in a cafe on that Greek island two summers ago.
Because time rarely is given. It has to be taken.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” Annie Dillard
I see every day that so many people believe they are not creative
And yet they are pulled somehow to create.
To take photos, write stories, draw, paint.
That is because we are all artists – in some way – even if we don’t think we are.
Being creative is taking a break from consuming and simply taking from the world.
It’s taking a break from the endless cycle of doing – washing, emailing, organising.
It’s standing in the world and saying – wow, I am here, I am alive! I won’t always be alive – but whilst I am here I am going to explore and create something of my very own.
For 7 years I have worked with my husband, photographer Anthony Epes, as he has taught hundreds of people on our photography workshops all over the world.
I have written hundreds of guides, articles and resources about photography and how to bring more creativity into your life.
I have witnessed transformations in our students who had felt stuck with their photography, but by following our lessons, have felt the incredible power of infusing their lives with a creative pursuit.
I wanted to share the fundamental lessons on how we teach the creation of an artistic mindset – lessons that apply to all areas of creativity – writing, drawing, photography…
This beautiful book, filled with Anthony’s photos alongside my writing, will take you on your own exciting journey. It contains both practical ideas and meditative stories, aimed at tapping into and igniting that inner creative flow state.
This book will show you how to weave more of the exhilarating joy of creativity into your daily life.
The book is a gentle reminder of what we know, but often forget – how creating something makes us feel ridiculously satisfied in ways that other activities simply can’t.
It is also a sharp push to not dilly-dally with your creativity, because as Picasso said:
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
My writing is accompanied by some of my favourite images from Anthony – in glorious full colour.
The book will be published in July and I am now taking pre-orders – with some very special bonus gifts when you support this project now.
The Everyday Art of Living a Creative Life
The book gives you the most powerful and useful lessons, distilling the knowledge that Anthony and I have used to teach hundreds of people about photography and becoming more creative.
The ideas include:
- How to overcome the challenges that all creators face
- Understanding the possibility for your creative ideas
- How to propel yourself out of creative rut
- How to develop a creative mindset that will enrich your daily life
- Know that regardless of our time limitations or circumstances, we all have the capacity to create
- Creativity is impervious to age – and can be embraced at any time of your life
The book is A5 and hardback. Alongside my words, I am including some of my favourite photos of Anthony’s, some of which you can see here.
When you pre-order my book you will receive some beautiful gifts:
- A signed copy of The Everyday Art of Living a Creative Life – released July 2019
- A free online Photography Masterclass with Anthony – released June 2019
- A free online Living Creatively Masterclass with me – released June 2019
- Pre-launch exclusive videos & additional resources aimed at enhancing your creativity
- Value of bonus gifts is £97!
You can purchase the eBook here for £9.50, it compatible with all major ereaders, and can be read on your tablet, computer or smartphone. This is a lovely gift, too, for your friends and family.
About Diana Bird
Diana is a writer and creator of photography workshop adventures for the company she runs with her husband, Anthony.
In 2017 they untethered themselves from London, and now are based part-time on a beach in Spain.
Diana travels the world with Anthony and their kids – ‘world schooling’, working and pursuing what it means to live a good life.
About Anthony Epes
California-raised photographer Anthony settled in London in the 2000’s to create his first book London at Dawn. He has subsequently published and exhibited his work internationally.
Anthony now travels with his family, creating and selling photo projects of his favourite places on earth.
With Diana he also runs inspirational photography workshops all over the world – both in person and online.