An artist's reflections on the creative process, encouraging anyone to "think and behave like an artist."
A solidly successful, mid-career artist and writer embarks on a creative journey to explore the collections in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with one question in mind: Does art do anyone any good? The reader follows along as he tours the galleries, making drawings of his favorite pieces and talking about their history, and telling stories about his own journey to become a professional artist. In an accessible, narrative format that blends memoir and art history, he discusses his philosophy of art-making, with the over-arching theme of trusting one's own inner compass.
Soulfully written and beautifully illustrated, Follow Yourself is a powerful affirmation of and manifesto for anyone who believes that the world is made better by the existence of art, and by those who dedicate their lives to making it.
Praise for Paul Madonna:
"Madonna has created a kind of San Francisco Realism, details so absurd, cruel, and beautiful that they can only come from our infuriating home. If Charlie Kaufman squatted in an illegal sublet in Armistead Maupin's mind, this would be the lovely tenant."—Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life
"Beautiful drawings. Beautiful text. Ethereal and serious at once."—Maira Kalman, illustrator