Books on Art and Spirituality


Love Live Forgive: Insights from Artists

An eBook which encourages us all to have happy and healthy relationships, and explores themes such as Artistry, Love, Forgiveness, Compassion, Healing, and Spirituality. You can downlaod from:

Seeding the Spirit: the Appleseed Workbook

by Chris Cook and Brenda Heales.(Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, 2001 : available from

A workbook for individuals or groups wishing to explore themes of prayer,
meditation, the mystics and the arts. Short passages on figures such as Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich , ‘Thin’ places in the Celtic tradition, and our ‘Images of God’ are clearly written but very profound. The authors suggest reflecting on these in different ways and provide detailed instructions on how to do so, using a wide range of ‘kindergarten-simple’ arts/craft based activities. Inspirational and exciting.

The Artist’s Way

by Julia Cameron (Pan Books, 1993)

A twelve-week , step-by-step course that guides the reader through the process of recovering their creative self, addressing the conditioning that make so many people think “I’m not good enough”. Wordy, with lots of Tasks. This may be a good place to start if you have never done anything of this kind before.

On Not Being Able to Paint

by Marion Milner (Heinemann Educational, 1950)

Classic volume by a psycho-analyst telling her own story about the unexpected developments that followed when she started doing free drawings, and her conclusions about the creative process.

The Quest: Exploring a Sense of Soul

by Joycelin Dawes, Janice Dolley and Ike Isaksen (O Books, 2005. See also

This is a great resource for those wanting to explore and develop their spiritual
side. It is packed with simple yet profound exercises, and material to follow up with. It can be easily dipped into as well as read more systematically. Very thorough with lots of words and diagrams!

More information about Cecil Collins

Following on from our recent workshop using some of his methods, as reported here, here are some books and quotations you may find useful:

Publications about Cecil Collins

(all available through

Brian Keeble of Golgonooza Press has published some major works on Cecil Collins:

  • The Vision of the Fool and other writings � enlarged edition
  • Meditations, poems, pages from a sketchbook
  • Cecil Collins – The artist as writer and image maker

Golgonooza Press, 3 Cambridge Drive, Ipswich IP2 9EP

Tel./Fax 01473 681647

Trade distribution: Central Books, 99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN

Tel. 020 8986 4854 Fax 020 8533 5821


Other publications

In Celebration of Cecil Collins Edited and compiled by Nomi Rowe

Distributed by Paul Holberton Publishing

89 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NL

Telephone: 020 7407 0809


For more information on this title please visit:

Cecil Collins: Angels

(edited by Stella Astor)

Published by Fools Press


picture of Cecil Collins


��There are few who, going to the images, behold in them the realities, and these only with difficulty.� Plato . (in opening sequence of the film �The Eye of the Heart�)

Some quotes from Cecil Collins on The Fool

(extracts from The Vision of the Fool and other writings. enlarged edition


Ed. Brian Keeble, Golgonooza Press, Ipswich 2002)

I believe that there is in life, and in the human psyche, a certain quality, an inviolate eternal innocence, and this quality I call the Fool. It is a continuous wisdom and compassion that heals with fun and magic. It is the joy of the original Adam in men.

The Fool is purity of consciousness. This purity is a cosmic folly that is utterly detached from what most of the world thinks worth doing; it is detached from the deadening edifice of clever ambitions, of power, and of the incredible vanity of knowledge, that has already dulled the capacity for poetry of life in contemporary society.

The secret of life is to share the creative madness of God – if we have never experienced this madness we can be said never to have lived.

Art is a form of transcendental magic which is created out of that awakened sense, and returns to it.

The Fool is not interested in success or failure, or the vanity and burden of external knowledge. He is interested in life, in the mystery of consciousness and the transformation of consciousness which comes about through direct perception.

�In other words the Fool is interested in love and its manifestation in that harmony and wholeness which we call beauty. He is therefore in a state of creative vulnerability and is easily destroyed by the world.

Society must be based on our sense of wonder, the one experience which justifies our being alive.