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Celebrate Your Creative Self

25 Painting Exercises to Discover Your Inner Artist
Paperback Book
F+W Media
January, 2017
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Banyen's Description: 

Mary Todd Beam, an award-winning painter and popular workshop leader, takes the reader on a colourful journey into visual art-making with step-by-step demos to show you the way. Dozens of imaginative art projects invite readers to explore a range of techniques and mediums in unconventional ways.

Celebrate Your Creative Self helps you act upon your artistic inspirations and joyfully appreciate the creative process. You are invited to break the “rules” that may inhibit your creativity, to jump into the river of your creative expression and recapture the magic of child-like play. Along the way develop your skills and discover your vocabulary of shapes, symbols, colours and textures through exploring a variety of mediums.

With the projects in this book, I will try to guide you in a direction that may open windows to the unknown, to your creative self. The more we practice reaching into and prodding the unknown, the more we see that it is the only place to be and the most rewarding for us as creators.

This classic hands-on book, now in paperback, contains well-laid out experiments in working with new and unusual textured painting surfaces and swimming in juicy colours. (“Why not view all materials as a source of art?”) With alluring and instructive illustrations, it provides many valuable hints on improving design and inventive ways to turn inspiration from Nature and the man-made world into art. In addition to a limited palette of art materials, suggested supplies may be found in our kitchens and hardware stores.

Be brave enough to bring your life and life experiences into your work. There is something only YOU can give to art.

Publisher’s Description: 

Your capacity to create is unlimited!

Celebrate Your Creative Self helps you act upon your artistic inspirations and joyfully appreciate the creative process. You'll develop the skills you need to express yourself and explore your favorite mediums. Step-by-step demos show you how to:

  • Capture and manipulate light in your work
  • Experiment with new and unusual painting surfaces
  • Break the "rules" of color composition that inhibit your creativity
  • Create your own dynamic designs for paintings with more impact
  • Add layers of meaning to your work with the symbolism inherent in both man-made objects and natural elements
  • Imbue your work with a touch of fantasy and recapture the magic you remember from childhood
  • Move beyond traditional 2-dimensional painting into 3-D reconstruction
  • And much, much more!

Once you've built up such a repertoire of skills, you'll be able to turn any idea into finished art by applying the techniques that best accommodate your inspiration. You'll also learn how to tap the deepest recesses of your creative wellspring by taking risks, getting personal and making meaningful statements with your work.

No matter what your medium, no matter what your level of skill, Celebrate Your Creative Self can help make your artistic dreams a reality!

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