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Art & Fear
by David Bayles & Ted Orland
This is a must-have for any artist. Insightful, challenging, and thought provoking, this truly is an artist's survival guide. This is the book you need on your studio bench when you are thinking your art isn't good enough, or you won't make it or maybe you just aren't an artist. It debunks myths about being a "real" artist and challenges the perils and assumptions of the "art world". I never teach a workshop without toting this along to share, a poignant reminder that "the only voice you need is the voice you already have."
Review by Melissa Chapin

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Another book on art and how to get there. We all know that our art bares our soul for the public to chew up without even thinking. We all need ways through. This one does it with good sense and humor. The chapter quotes are worth the price alone: Gene Fowler: "Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." Stephen DeStaebler: "Artists don't get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working." Lots of dog-earred pages in this book for reminders when the world gets too heavy.
Review by Tammy Vitale Vitale.html

The Artist's Way
by Julia Cameron
I loved this book because it helped me start reclaiming my creativity after many years of squishing it down. I also liked how it presented creativity as something that everyone can cultivate and nourish, rather than a mystical trait that you either have or you don't have.
Review by Jenny Ryan

No More Secondhand Art
by Peter London
This is no ordinary art book. It is full of "creative encounters" that help you BE and express the REAL you. Excellent book for those that don't think they are "talented." It goes beyond talent to the unique gift within each one of us.
Review by KJoy!
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The Sanctuary Garden: Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden
by Christopher Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell
The McDowells take the reader to Cortesia, their garden in Orgeon via their written words, paintings and line drawings. An abundance of ideas are presented to help the reader create a sacred place of one's own (size isn't important, however). Water, color, use of stone and wood, garden art, wildlife and other elements are explored and the wheels are set in motion for any garden to bloom in a vast array of meaningful ways.
Review by Frances Norton Honich

The Pocket Muse
by Monica Wood
The perfect small book to carry everywhere, this book provides a wealth of unique, inspirational prompts, supported by superb black and white photography, to lure the writer to the page again and again.
Review by Marilyn Hansen

The Soul's Palette
by Cathy A. Malchiodi
Art therapy in a book. Inspires its readers to affect the healing and transformational abilities of art utilizing a wide range of materials in unique methodolgy.
Review by Marilyn Hansen

The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women
by Gail McMeekin
The subtitle of this book is "a portable mentor" and that is exactly what this book feels like. McMeekin introduces you to lots of wonderful creative women, in many disciplines, so we can hear their stories and secrets. I really enjoyed this book and felt like I came away with some some wonderful tidbits to enhance my creative life.
Review by Marney Makridakis

Holy Moly Mackeroly: From 3 Art Stamps to the Smithsonian
by Gloria Page
I just finished reading this book and wish I had found it years ago. This is an unusual book because it's part memoir, part "how to", part inspiration. Put all those parts together and you have the wonderful wise voice of Gloria Page telling you of the real-life journey of her artistic cardmaking business. I'd recommend this book as a MUST HAVE for anyone who dreams of making a living with art. The best part is -- she'll tell you that you CAN do it!
Review by Marney Makridakis

Creating a Life Worth Living
by Carol Lloyd
This book is subtitled, "A practical course in career design for artists, innovators, and others aspiring to a creative life", and that sums it up perfectly. This book takes us through unconventional career design, step by step, complete with comprehensive lists of possible alternative careers for creative people in all fields. The book's resources are very impressive, but equally as helpful is Lloyd's wonderful attitude about the career trajectory for creative people.
Review by Marney Makridakis

The Creativity Book
by Eric Maisel
This book offers a year's worth of guidance in expanding creativity, offering two discussions/exercises per week, uniquely designed for both practicing "creatives" as well as those new to spreading their creativity wings. The exercises are affirming and motivating, and designed to promote creative risk-taking. And Maisel's encouraging, wise voice creates a comforting undertone for the work.
Review by Marney Makridakis

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