Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + Life / Monday, 1 Aug 2016

Lars Book Club: August

Wildflower by Drew BarrymoreWe had a ball reading the biography of Frida Kahlo last month and this month we’re reading a fellow flower-loving friend. 

Many of us know her as the six-year-old, pig-tailed girl who starred in E.T., or Adam Sandler’s lovely sidekick in later movies – we’re talking about none other than the adorable Drew Barrymore. Drew’s unconventional childhood and emancipation as an adult at age 14 led her down a path toward many amazing experiences, friendships, and ultimately a successful career. Her own accounts of her life are witty, short and sweet, and full of her humble, self-deprecating humor and love of life. In Wildflower, Drew shares with us the lessons she’s learned and hard-won wisdom she’s gained throughout her life, and more especially now as a mother. So grab Wildflower and read along! It’s a fun, light read, perfect for your last summer days at the pool or evening picnics! Follow along on Instagram @larsbookclub and tag your own photos with #larsbookclub.

Pick up Wildflower by Drew Barrymore here

Photo by Anna Killian  |  Lars Book Club is run by Julie Richardson

Book Club + Life + printable / Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

Lars Book Club check-in: Frida Kahlo printable & bookmark

Frida Kahlo quote printable

We all know Frida as a pop icon, but it’s so fascinating to read about her life’s history through her biography by Hayden Herrera, Frida Kahlo, for this month’s book club selection. Even knowing how she got into painting is so fascinating. I still have a ways to go before I’m done, but I thought I’d pipe in with some encouragement to start. And! Even more encouragement is a free printable illustrative quote and bookmark by this month’s guest illustrator, Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

Lars Book Club moderator, Julie Richardson, has created some questions to get you thinking about the book. Feel free to comment in the comments section about your thoughts about the book and her life as well as over on the Instagram account.

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016

Lars Book Club: July

Frida Kahlo biography

Have you been enjoying the Lars Book Club so far? I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. Do you like the book choices? Have any requests? Last month we read Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work and we will discuss it after the jump. Today we announce the book selection for July. The Lars Book Club is conducted by Julie Richardson. Add to the conversation and follow along for more inspirational quotes and discussion topics on our the @LarsBookClub Instagram account.

July 6th marks 109 years since the birth of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most celebrated and unique artists. Her personality and aura were described as mysterious and magnetic, with her piercing, direct gaze, and a fire or passion that came from within. I knew little about Frida before deciding to feature her in our Lars Book Club, and am now fascinated! What a unique, driven, intense woman, who suffered much pain and hardship, and recorded all of that on canvas. Frida also had a very tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, another revered Mexican painter. Learn more about Frida, her life, and her very personal works of art this month as we read Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera (the cover of the one we got is different than the one on Amazon. Don’t fret 🙂

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Book Club + collaborations + Design + Life + printable / Monday, 20 Jun 2016

Daily Rituals printable quote and bookmark

daily-rituals-quoteIt’s about time for a check in to see how you’re liking the Lars Book of the month. We’re reading Daily Rituals: How Artist’s Work by Mason Currey this month. Have you picked up a copy? As someone who owns their own company and whose success depends on how I manage my time, I’m intrigued by famously successful artists, scientists and others managed their schedules to produce some of the world’s greatest works and innovations. PRINTABLE-BOOKMARKS

Monica Lynch is this month’s featured illustrator. She created this beautiful quote that you can download and print off from the book along with a printable bookmark. Get the full downloads below! And stay tuned for a full discussion when we announce the next book at the beginning of next month.
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Book Club / Tuesday, 7 Jun 2016

Lars Book Club: June

Daily rituals: How Artists work

By Lars contributor Julie Richardson

Every month here at Lars we announce a book at the beginning of the month and discuss it at the end. We just started an Instagram account for the Lars Book Club. Come follow along there! 

Maybe you have a full time office job. Maybe your job is to create things. Maybe you’re at home with your kids and trying to teach them, clothe them, and basically keep them alive all day. Or maybe you’re in between. If I’ve learned one thing about having four children, it’s that my daily routine (especially mornings!) need to be planned out beforehand if I want to carve out some time for myself each day. Choices turn into habits, which hopefully become subconscious or instinctive actions, in other words, a routine. We’re all busy individuals, but I know that routines are beneficial in keeping chaos to a minimum, so I can be at my best for a good chunk of the day. (Some days that’s only in theory though. Ha!) June’s book is called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry. It’s a fascinating read about artists and their (sometimes quirky) routines that enable them to create. These are writers, painters, poets, musicians and more! Maybe you can get an idea or two. 😉 Enjoy and be sure to join May’s discussion of The Artist’s Mother! Read on →