Creativity
Art Escapes: Daily Exercises & Inspirations for Discovering Greater Creativity & Artistic Confidence
Art Escapes
Daily Exercises & Inspirations for Discovering Greater Creativity & Artistic Confidence
Paperback      ISBN: 1440311730

Inspire your creative spirit--everyday

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, Art Escapes provides the ideas and encouragement you need to discover greater creativity and artistic confidence, even when you're short on time. Professional artist and instructor Dory Kanter shows you how to:

  • Experience more fun and greater confidence drawing and painting.
  • Express yourself and experiment everyday with an art journal.
  • Reinterpret daily life with simple, beautiful sketches.
  • Find painting inspiration in unexpected places.
  • Paint freely, intuitively and passionately with a simple four-step approach.
  • Create new forms of art, including watercolor mosaics, paper weavings and found object collages.

You'll also find 13 drawing, watercolor, mixed media, and assemblage projects, plus several "page-a-day" ideas.

With Art Escapes, you'll learn how to build an art "habit," one that brings joy with every stroke of your brush.

Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul
Art Heals
How Creativity Cures the Soul
Paperback      ISBN: 1590301668

The field of art therapy is discovering that artistic expression can be a powerful means of personal transformation and emotional and spiritual healing. In this book, Shaun McNiff, a leader in expressive arts therapy for more than three decades, reflects on a wide spectrum of activities aimed at reviving art's traditional healing function. In chapters ranging from "Liberating Creativity" and "The Practice of Creativity in the Workplace" to "From Shamanism to Art Therapy," he illuminates some of the most progressive views in the rapidly expanding field of art therapy:

- The "practice of imagination" as a powerful force for transformation
- A challenge to literal-minded psychological interpretations of artworks ("black colors indicate depression") and the principle that even disturbing images have inherent healing properties
- The role of the therapist in promoting an environment conducive to free expression and therapeutic energies
- The healing effects of group work, with people creating alongside one another and interacting in the studio
- "Total expression," combining arts such as movement, storytelling, and drumming with painting and drawing
Art Is a Spiritual Path: Engaging the Sacred Through the Practice of Art and Writing
Art Is a Spiritual Path
Engaging the Sacred Through the Practice of Art and Writing
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: A Guide to Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Fulfillment Through Creativity
Art Is a Way of Knowing
A Guide to Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Fulfillment Through Creativity
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.

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World
Art Matters
Because Your Imagination Can Change the World
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.

The Art of Bliss: Finding Your Center, Getting in the Flow & Creating the Life You Desire
The Art of Bliss
Finding Your Center, Getting in the Flow & Creating the Life You Desire
Paperback      ISBN: 073873196x

Live the Life of Your Dreams

Bring harmony and balance to every area of your life with this gentle and loving guide to beautiful living. Use the energy of bliss to transform yourself, healing your spirit and aligning with your most ideal flow.

In her lighthearted, easy-to-read style, Tess Whitehurst introduces you to the nine life keys: serenity, life path, synchronicity, creativity, romance, radiance, prosperity, resilience, and synergy. Through simple, soul-nourishing metaphysical techniques, learn how to manifest your true desires and reconnect with your natural state of bliss. This remarkable book's holistic blend of Eastern wisdom and alchemical essences fuels your personal evolution with affirming rituals, symbols, deities, herbs, and many more energetically potent tools. The Art of Bliss is more than a guide--it's a way of life, serving as the trusty compass on your lifelong spiritual path.

Praise:
"Joseph Campbell said to 'follow your bliss, ' but who knows how to find it? Tess Whitehurst will show you how."--Penney Peirce, author of Frequency and The Intuitive Way

"The Art of Bliss is an outstanding work that is destined to become a classic."--Melissa Alvarez, author of 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency

The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday
The Art of Noticing
131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday
Hardcover      ISBN: 0525521240
An imaginative, thought-provoking gift book to awaken your senses and attune them to the things that matter in your life.

Welcome to the era of white noise. Our lives are in constant tether to phones, to email, and to social media. In this age of distraction, the ability to experience and be present is often lost: to think and to see and to listen.

Enter Rob Walker's The Art of Noticing. This gorgeously illustrated volume will spark your creativity--and most importantly, help you see the world anew. Through a series of simple and playful exercises--131 of them--Walker maps ways for you to become a clearer thinker, a better listener, a more creative workplace colleague and finally, to rediscover your sense of passion and to notice what really matters to you.
The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone
The Art of Silliness
A Creativity Book for Everyone
Paperback      ISBN: 0399537589
Ready to play?

Whether you think of yourself as an artist, a doodler, a dreamer, or none of the above, this book will jump-start your creativity. Popular art instructor Carla Sonheim offers fun, engaging ideas on every page, from drawing upside down to imagining new worlds (down to their silly hats and strange animal species). All you need is a pencil or pen and your imagination.
Art Play
Art Play
Paperback      ISBN: 1780678770

Play with art like never before in this exciting new activity book from the best-selling author of the Let's Make Some Great Art series.

Marion Deuchars has created a surprising and engaging range of activities and games organized into seven sections of Drawing, Color, Shapes, Paint, Paper, Printing, and Pattern. Each section is not only a great opportunity to play, but also helps to shape and form artistic ability and confidence.

Discover the joys of making your own marbled paper. Create your own language in pictures. Providing hours of endless fun and exploration, Art Play will bring out the artist in everyone.
Art, Mind and Brain
Art, Mind and Brain
Paperback      ISBN: 0465004458

In a provocative discussion of the sources of human creativity, Gardner explores all aspects of the subject, from the young child's ability to learn a new song through Mozart's conceiving a complete symphony.