|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 judgmentalso, she says, make for better art and a better life. Langer's work will strike some as a bit naïvedoes 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 WoolleyHighly 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.
Creative Discoveries in Watermedia
by Pat Dews Hardcover, 128 pages 1 Ed edition (August 1998) North Light BooksAuthor'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.
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.
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.
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 bookwe 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 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.