SARK is one of the most unique creative people in the world. That much is obvious once you’ve gotten acquainted with her colorful and wild art, read her fun and frolicky books, and generally exposed yourself to her wacky style of bringing out the creativity lying dormant deep within.
Having said that, I got a major headache reading her latest book, Make Your Creative Dreams Real, which is filled with inspiration and motivating to get up off your duff and go for your dreams. Perhaps it was just a little too much color and craziness for me, but I found myself losing the crux of the message because I was way too focused on the extremely bold visuals of the book.
Starting with a wildly chaotic and colorful table of contents, you know you are in for one crazy ride once you begin to read. No two pages look the same, cutesy illustrations and sayings are scattered everywhere, and there seems to be no real structure except that of total creative spontaneity, which is truly fun and delightful, but not if you are really in need of a shot of discipline!
SARK, a.k.a. Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, a popular and well-loved artist and author, covers a lot of ground, offering little challenges, life “gifts”, and tons of resources, including many of her previous books, as well as personal interviews with folks like you and me who have gone for it and achieved their dreams. Described as in “inner-active” book, the chapters form an actual program or plan that the reader can take to activate dreams and take the necessary steps to make them real. Though designed to be done over a certain time period, say twelve months, the process of course can be individualized to the reader’s needs and lifestyle.
Chapters include the “Feisty Fourth Month” and the “Ecstatic Eighth Month,” and each chapter gives instructions and inspirations for mastering a new area of creativity and overcoming procrastination, bad habits and downright laziness. The “Superb Seventh Month” focuses on the achievements of others interviewed and photographed by SARK, and gives the reader solid examples of how they can overcome creative fears and break through blocks that keep them from realizing their goals.
Again, this is one colorful, wild, wacky, fun and crazily creative book that, if you are a visual person, will no doubt have you jumping up in enthusiasm, ready to attack your dreams head on. But for others, like me, who prefer a more subtle and disciplined approach, the creative audaciousness begins to border on chaos. I have many SARK posters and books around the house, but I have to be in the right mood to pick one up and make my way through it. Don’t get me wrong, I think SARK is an artistic genius and a truly creative person with a gift for inspiring creativity in others. I just found myself getting lost in the different fonts and colors and sizes of text, and missing the message entirely.
And being the generally lazy person I am, I hate to have to read a book twice.