Business & Career: Creativity & Inspiration
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron – Hardcover, 232 pages; (October 1995) J. P. Tarcher Best Seller


The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity (Inner Workbook) by Julia Cameron – Paperback, 222 pages; (July 1992) J. P. Tarcher Best Seller


The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity Audio Cassette (June 1997) Putnam Pub Group (Audio) Best Seller


Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist 4 by Carol Marine - Paperback: 192 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill (November 4, 2014) Best Seller

A unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing sales for artists of all levels, from novices to professionals.

Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity by David W. Galenson – Hardcover: 252 pages Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 27, 2005)


On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity by Ellen Langer – Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 1, 2005)

What keeps us from becoming the artists we dream of being and living our lives to the fullest? Langer (Mindfulness), a professor of psychology at Harvard, shares her own journey as an untaught painter, casually scattering the names of friends and describing her own somewhat unsophisticated choices of subject matter. But her approach is also scientific: without becoming overly technical, she deftly weaves into her own story a wide variety of studies that examine the obstacles ordinary people put in the way of their own creativity. This isn't a collection of exercises or even an inspirational book as much as a gradual breaking down of what holds people back from living mindfully— fully present in the moment. Langer encourages her readers to recognize how fear of judgment, unnecessary self-comparisons and preconceived notions about talent impede artistic expression. Art, in her view, is a process rather than a product. And the very things that make the act of creating satisfying in itself —working in the moment, freeing oneself from judgment—also, she says, make for better art and a better life. Langer's work will strike some as a bit naïve—does she believe "real" artists are never self-critical? Still, Langer has much to say that's useful on art as self-revealing and life-enhancing that will inspire many readers. —Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

The Yin/Yang of Painting: A Contemporary Master Reveals the Secrets of Painting Found in Ancient Chinese Philosophy by Hongnian Zhang, Lois Woolley

Highly recommended by Gisele Zeitler on the SOG Portrait Artist Forum.

Through the harmonious balancing of opposites, the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin yang is beautifully applied to the art of painting in an illuminating, results-oriented instructional for artists of all levels. According to this time-honored system, successful art is based on balanced energies and the control of contrasting elements within a work. This remarkably simple approach is presented in two seamless parts. Part One examines the traditional elements of painting-from value (light/dark) and texture (thick/thin) to color (warm/cold) and brushwork (sharp/blurred)-as evolving from a true balance of opposites. Part Two's step-by-step demonstrations focus on major genres of painting-still life, landscape, and the figure-employing all the yin-yang principles for the completion of successful paintings.

Drawing on the Artist Within Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Fireside; Fireside edition (April 6, 1987)

Whether you are a business manager, teacher, writer, technician, or student, you'll find Drawing on the Artist Within the most effective program ever created for tapping your creative powers. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of instructional drawings and the work of master artists, this book is written for people with no previous experience in art.

Painters' Wild Workshop: 12 Master Artists Help Expand Your Creativity by Lynn Leon Loscutoff – Hardcover, 144 pages (March 1999) Rockport Pub

Have you ever wished for more time to experiment and play in the studio? With this book, you can begin today. In these pages, Lynn Leon Loscutoff presents the work of twelve gifted artists and invites you for private lessons in expanding your creativity. Whether you are an accomplished artist, an aspiring artist, or an undiscovered artist, you will profit from the wealth of diverse experiences, materials, and inspirations offered through the wonderfully wild creative methods illustrated in Painter's Wild Workshop.

The Yoga of Drawing: Uniting Body, Mind, and Spirit in the Art of Drawing by Jeanne Carbonetti – Paperback, 112 pages (May 1999) Watson-Guptill Pubns


Creative Discoveries in Watermedia by Pat Dews – Hardcover, 128 pages 1 Ed edition (August 1998) North Light Books

Author's statement: Let me show you how to make exciting, experimental starts and most importantly, how to finish them. My methods take the fear out of painting. There are no failures; only new paintings! I show you clearly how to use thirty-two techniques to create patterns and textures that will bring your paintings to conclusion. You will have fun and enjoy the experience of painting. —Pat Dews AWS, NWS.

The Tao of Watercolor: A Revolutionary Approach to the Practice of Painting by Jeanne Carbonetti – Paperback, 112 pages (May 1998) Watson-Guptill Pubns


Leonardo's Ink Bottle: The Artist's Way of Seeing by Roberta Weir – Paperback, 192 pages (April 1998) Celestial Arts


Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff – Paperback, 240 pages 1 Ed edition (March 1998) Shambhala Pubns

This inspirational book expands the reader's view of what it means to live in tune with the labyrinthine ways of the creative spirit, which mysteriously works its magic when we relinquish ego control and "trust the process.

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius by Michael Michalko – Hardcover, 352 pages (July 1998) Ten Speed Press


Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory - Flexibound: 160 pages; Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 17, 2015) Best Seller

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.

New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing by Betty Edwards Spiral-bound: 160 pages Publisher: Tarcher (October 10, 2002)

Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards. Now, in an essential companion to her bestselling classic, Edwards offers readers the key to mastering this art form: guided practice in their newfound creative abilities.

Here are forty new exercises that cover each of the five basic skills of drawing. Each practice session includes a brief explanation and instructional drawings, suggestions for materials, sample drawings, and blank pages for the reader's own drawings. Also provided in this spiral-bound workbook is a pullout viewfinder, a crucial tool for effective practice. While The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain focused primarily on portrait drawing with pencil, this workbook gives readers experience in various subject matter-still life, landscape, imaginative drawing-using alternative mediums such as pen and ink, charcoal, and conté crayon.

For all those who are taking a drawing class, who have already received instruction through a book or course, or who prefer to learn by doing, this volume of carefully structured "homework" offers the perfect opportunity to reinforce and improve their skills and expand their repertoire.

No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within by Peter London – Paperback, 190 pages (November 1989) Shambhala Pubns


Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles (Introduction), Ted Orland – Paperback: 122 pages Publisher: Image Continuum Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)

Read a discussion on my Portrait Artist Forum regarding an earlier edition of this book.

The author, Ted Orland , June 1, 1997 This book is written by working artists, for working artists Art & Fear is a book about the way art gets made, the reasons it often does not get made, and about the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The authors (David Bayles & Ted Orland) are both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Do not mistake Art & Fear for a pop psychology self-help book—we are not interested in freeing your inner child! What we have tried to do is illuminate the obstacles you face, and offer some artistic strategies for getting past them. Art & Fear has never been advertised and was never reviewed by a major publication, but it has nonetheless become something of an underground classic in the three years since it was published. Our distributor says it has become required reading for at least a few hundred university art courses across the country.

How to Discover Your Personal Painting Style by D. P. Richards – Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher: North Light Books (September 1995)

In this artist's manual, Richards, an award-winning painter who works in several media, shifts the focus from technique to personal style. Above all, he encourages the reader to develop a personal point of view and a vision to impart through art. The middle section of the book comprises exercises on line, value, color, movement, balance, focus, and space, with the emphasis on concepts such as the emotional power of varying lines and the surface feeling that differing paint applications produce. A final chapter on the works of 31 artists and their emotional impact pulls the book together. Highly recommended to balance more technical books like Hazel Harrison's How To Paint & Draw (Smithmark Pub., 1994). —Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Zen of Creative Painting: An Elegant Design for Revealing Your Muse by Jeanne Carbonetti – Paperback, 112 pages (October 1998) Watson-Guptill Pubns


Painting from the Source: Awakening the Artist's Soul in Everyone by Aviva Gold, Elena Oumano (Contributor) – Paperback, 222 pages 1 Ed edition (October 1998) Harper Perennial Library


Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression by Michelle Cassou, Stewart Cubley – Paperback, 186 pages (January 1996) J P Tarcher


Fearless Creating: A Step-By-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art by Eric Maisel – Paperback, 267 pages (October 1995) Putnam Pub Group (Paper)


Bringing the Pleasure of Artistic Expression Back into Your Life by Sally Warner – Paperback, 213 pages (May 1994) Chicago Review Press


The Creative Artist: A Fine Artist's Guide to Expanding Your Creativity and Achieving Your Artistic Potential by Nita Leland – Paperback Reprint edition (March 1993) North Light Books


The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, Ph.D. – Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Tarcher; Rev & Expanded edition (August 30, 1999)

Over the last decade, Dr. Edwards has refined her material through teaching hundreds of workshops and seminars. Truly The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, this edition includes:

• the very latest developments in brain research;
• new material on using drawing techniques in the corporate
  world and in education;
• instruction on self-expression through drawing;
• an updated section on using color; and
• detailed information on using the five basic skills of drawing for problem solving.

Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel – Paperback (September 1996) Putnam Pub Group (Paper)

Creativity requires introspection, self-examination, and a willingness to take risks. Because of this, artists are perhaps more susceptible to self-doubt and despair than those who do not court the creative muses. This book of affirmations is compiled with the special needs of artistic persons in mind.


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