ISBN10: 0553354892 ISBN13: 9780553354898 Publisher: Random House Inc Published: Oct 1 1997 Pages: 154 Weight: 1.10lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 8.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Join the bestselling author of "Wild Mind" and "Writing Down the Bones" as she explores a new realm of creativity--the world of color--and offers us an intimate view of how everyday life is transformed into art.
In twelve high-spirited chapters, Natalie introduces us to her family, her artist friends, her New Mexico home, her painting trips to Europe--always focusing on the questions faced by any creative person, whatever their medium. Why, for example, does an artist choose some subjects and not others? ("I was crazy about the wrong-color sky and the heart-sinking beckoning of headlights on old cars," she acknowledges.) How does a painter draw nourishment from another painter's work? ("I didn't want fancy art theories. I wanted a direct connection with the painting before me.") When is it time to move into a new form? ("I had to go to an empty white canvas and find out what was within me.")
More than 60 four-color reproductions of Natalie's distinctive and joyous paintings appear throughout. The result is a feast for the eyes and a celebration of the creative spirit in action.