Creativity
Art and Spiritual Transformation: The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Art and Spiritual Transformation
The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth
Paperback      ISBN: 1594772819

The primal role of art in awakening and liberating the soul of humanity

- Presents a seven-stage journey of transformation moving from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination

- Provides a meditation practice to experience the spiritual energy embedded within art

- Includes artists Alex Grey, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Walter Gaudnek, and others

Art and Spiritual Transformation presents a seven-stage journey from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination that is possible through the world of art. Finley Eversole introduces a meditation practice that moves beyond the visual content of an art form in order to connect with its embedded spiritual energy, allowing the viewer to tap in to the deeper consciousness inherent in the artwork and awaken dormant powers in the depths of the viewer's soul.

Examining modern and postmodern artwork from 1945 onward, Eversole reveals the influences of ancient Egypt, India, China, and alchemy on this art. He draws extensively on philosophy, myth and symbolism, literature, and metaphysics to explain the seven stages of spiritual death and rebirth of the soul possible through art: the experience of self-loss, the journey into the underworld, the experience of the dark night of the soul, the conflict with and triumph over evil, the awakening of new life in the depths of being, and the return and reintegration of consciousness on a higher plane of being, resulting finally in ecstasy, transfiguration, illumination, and liberation. To illustrate these stages, Eversole includes works by abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko and modern visionary artists Alex Grey and Ernst Fuchs, among others, to reveal the powerful and liberating forces art contributes to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness.
Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are
Art Before Breakfast
A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are
Paperback      ISBN: 1452135479

Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5- to 10-minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule--whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table--along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that's exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling. Filled with Gregory's encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.

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
A leader in art therapy shares powerful developments in the field and provides a roadmap for unlocking the spiritual and emotional healing benefits of creative expression

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, including:

- 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 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
An expert in art therapy offers this "wonderful" guide "for anyone, artistic or not, who is interested in using art to know more about himself or herself" (Library Journal)

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 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.
Art Play
Art Play
Paperback      ISBN: 1780678770
Play with art like never before in this exciting new activity book from the bestselling author of the Let's Make Some Great Art series.

Discover the joys of making your own marbled paper. Create your own language in pictures. Invent your own color combinations. Design intriguing visual illusions. Providing hours of endless fun and exploration, Art Play will bring out the artist in everyone.

Marion Deuchars has created a sensational and engaging range of activities and games organised into seven themed chapters--Drawing, Color, Shapes, Paint, Paper, Printing and Pattern. Each chapter is not only a great opportunity to play, but also helps to shape and form artistic ability and confidence.

- Great value for money - seven chapters, 50 unique activities, 224 pages at sketchbook size
- Hours of fun for creative children - activities include drawing, coloring, working with shapes, making paper, and making your own prints and patterns
- Creative learning - allows children to learn about different art techniques in fun and engaging ways
- Boost your child's confidence - your child will learn new things and gain confidence in their artistic and creative abilities
- Screen-free fun for the whole family - boys and girls will enjoy hours of fun without a screen in sight

Marion Deuchars has a globally recognisable illustration style. Her hand-lettering and illustrations have been used on advertising campaigns from Samsung to HP, and her books have won six awards for design and illustration. She is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Her books include the bestselling Let's Make Some Great Art series, Bob the Artist, Bob's Blue Period, Bob Goes Pop, and Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists.
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.

The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art
The Artisan Soul
Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art
Paperback      ISBN: 006227029x

The Most Important Work of Art Is the Life That We Create

In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus-- author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles--pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves.

McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create--to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true--in order to allow our souls to come to life. It's not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matters, but the care we bring to the process itself. Just as with baking artisan bread, it's a process that's crafted over time. And God is the master artisan of our lives.

With poignant, inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder.