Art and Soul
Notes on Creating
Paperback ISBN: 0140193472
One of our foremost female artists conducts us on a visionary journey into the heart of the creative process At a time when the art world is dominated by trendy egotists and art itself is marketed like toothpaste, Audrey Flack is both an anachronism and a revolutionary: a photorealist painter and sculptor who eschews glamour and who clings to a vision of art as a form of shamanism—a means of self-transcendence whose ultimate aim is the healing of the planet. In this provocative book, Flack shows how the transcendence occurs, in the art of looking as well as in the moment of creation. With its wonderfully acute critiques of artists from Tintoretto to Jackson Pollock and its insistence on reforging the links between the artist and larger world, Art and Soul is a brave, nourishing book that will inspire not only visual artists but anyone who has chosen the creative path.
Art and Spiritual Transformation
The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Paperback ISBN: 1594772819
Art and Spiritual Transformation presents a seven-stage journey of transformation from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination, revealing the primal role of art in liberating the soul. Includes a meditation practice to experience the spiritual energy in art.
Art As Medicine
Creating a Therapy of the Imagination
Paperback ISBN: 0877736588
Describes how the imagination heals itself through the creative process, and suggests therapy methods that involve performance, storytelling, dialog with images, and creative collaboration
Art Before Breakfast
A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative, No Matter How Busy You Are
Paperback ISBN: 1452135479
Intending to help those who want to express themselves creatively but think they don't have the time, presents short artistic exercises that can be done on a plane, at the breakfast table, or during a meeting.
Daily Exercises & Inspirations for Discovering Greater Creativity & Artistic Confidence
Paperback ISBN: 1440311730
Provides artists with ideas and inspiration to help gain more confidence and creativity along with daily projects using watercolor, mixed media, and collage.
How Creativity Cures the Soul
Paperback ISBN: 1590301668
Presents a wide range of activities aimed at reviving art's traditional healing function and illuminates some progressive views in the rapidly expanding field of art therapy, including the practice of imagination as a force for transformation; the healing effects of group work; and total expression, which combines arts such as movement, storytelling, and drumming with painting and drawing. Original.
Art Is A Spiritual Path
Paperback ISBN: 1590302109
Art is a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combine drawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers at any level of artistic experience, the book shows how to: awaken the creative force and connect with the divine source of creativity access inner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal and community concerns find a path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanks explore the images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism, and Goddess worship join in spiritual community with others who are following the path of art discover that artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the world Detailed examples from the author's own practice of art, plus the stories and images of several other people, are presented to illustrate how art becomes a spiritual path in action. At the author's virtual studio, www.patballen.com, readers can post their images and writings, communicate with the author, and subscribe to an electronic newsletter. The site also contains an archive of the images in this book in full color.
Art Is a Way of Knowing
Paperback ISBN: 1570620784
Making art—giving form to the images that arise in our mind's eye, our dreams, and our everyday lives—is a form of spiritual practice through which knowledge of ourselves can ripen into wisdom. This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery—plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities such as ways to: Discover a personal myth or story Recognize patterns and themes in one's life Identify and release painful memories Combine journaling and image making Practice the ancient skill of active imagination Connect with others through sharing one's art works Interwoven with this guidance is the intimate story of the author's own journey as a student, art therapist, teacher, wife, mother, and artist—and, most of all, as a woman who discovered a profound and healing connection with her soul through making art.
Hardcover ISBN: 0062906208
A stunning and timely creative call-to-arms combining four extraordinary written pieces by Neil Gaiman illustrated with the striking four-color artwork of Chris Riddell. “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”—Neil Gaiman Drawn from Gaiman’s trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, Art Matters is an embodiment of this remarkable multi-media artist’s vision—an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives. Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry: - “Credo,” his remarkably concise and relevant manifesto on free expression, first delivered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings - “Make Good Art,” his famous 2012 commencement address delivered at the Philadelphia University of the Arts - “Making a Chair,” a poem about the joys of creating something, even when words won’t come - “On Libraries,” an impassioned argument for libraries that illuminates their importance to our future and celebrates how they foster readers and daydreamers Featuring original illustrations by Gaiman’s longtime illustrator, Chris Riddell, Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity, and dares us to choose to be bold.