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How DO they do it?

If you could ask your
favorite artist or crafter only one question, chances are you'd ask
about creativity: Where do your ideas come from? How did you get
started? What are your tricks for overcoming blocks?

In Living
the Creative Life
, author Ricë Freeman-Zachery has
compiled answers to these questions and more from 15 successful artists
in a variety of mediums—from assemblage to fiber arts, beading to
mixed-media collage. Creativity is different for everyone, and these
artists share their insights on the muse (if you believe in her),
keeping a sketchbook (or not), and prioritizing your art, whether you
aspire to create solely for your own pleasure or to become a full-time
artist.

  • Try your hand at creative jumpstarts straight from
    the pros.
  • Glimpse the artists' innermost thoughts and works in
    progress as you peruse pages from their journals and
    notebooks.
  • Share textile artist Sas Colby's triumph over
    creative block during an exotic art retreat.
  • Learn how
    internationally acclaimed artist James Michael Starr uses
    experience from his former "day job" to fuel his creation
    today.
  • Explore the work of Michael deMeng, Claudine
    Hellmuth
    , Melissa Zink and the other artists right alongside
    their insights.

No crafter or artist should live the
creative life without Living the Creative Life! The inspiration
is contagious.


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Reviews for Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists:

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Jun 10, 2008

June 27, 2008: I opened this book tonight and have not even read much of it yet but I started to cry. Cry because it evoked such a feeling of home for me. That this is truly the art I have inside wanting to come out. The pages are beautiful - truly inspiring.

Reading again: Jan 09
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Mar 17, 2010

I was perusing in the bookstore (not looking for a book on this subject matter or anything in particular) when I came across this book. First, I had to pick it up because it is so beautiful. The artwork and the overall design of the book felt like an inspiration without having even read anything at that point. Second, as a creative person by nature, I was feeling like I needed a little inspiration.

A few things to highlight:
* I love that the author actually discusses the workspace. I feel that I was perusing in the bookstore (not looking for a book on this subject matter or anything in particular) when I came across this book. First, I had to pick it up because it is so beautiful. The artwork and the overall design of the book felt like an inspiration without having even read anything at that point. Second, as a creative person by nature, I was feeling like I needed a little inspiration.

A few things to highlight:
* I love that the author actually discusses the workspace. I feel that most artistic people feel like they need their workspace to draw out a level of creativity before they can even start a project. Giving the reader things to do to better their workspace (even as simple as a coat of paint) is brilliant.
* The journaling section is absolutely fantastic. You can use this to inspire your other art, or actually make the journal a work of art in itself. I found this a great way to jumpstart artistic ideas!
* Photos of other artists' work. Brilliant. I love some of them. Like most of them. Respect all of them.

If you are an artist that is stuck in a rut and needing some inspiration, I highly suggest this book! Or, if you have a creative friend, it would make a thoughtful and well received gift. ...more
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Dec 13, 2016

I needed some inspiration and have loved the author's interviews in Rubberstampmadness. The book is excellent, the photos are amazing, and I'm going to read it again some time when my muse is with me. Because reading it while I was muse-less brought up a lot of my art demons. I looked at the photos and everything was so polished and I'd wonder what kind of adhesives or paint they used, but mostly I thought...."I don't think this way. At all. Maybe I really don't know what I'm doing."
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Nov 25, 2008

I'll be honest...normally I detest these kinds of books. Maybe it's because nowadays, they seem to be quite cliquey, the same artists over and over, the same old yadda yadda yadda...but Rice managed to get a nice cross-section of people in on this (unsurprising, really, given her somewhat catholic tastes I suppose) though there are a few of those "familiar names."
5

Wonderful book. Very inspirational. Very well done. A great tool to get those creatives juices flowing! Highly recommend.Full Review
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Jan 24, 2013

Although I don't paint like these artists...I found many of the ideas useful.
2

Oct 10, 2009

Hmmm...

I don't want to rain on anybody's parade, but I was disappointed in this book. The only thing I really liked about it (including most of the artwork) was the little Try This boxes.
4

Jul 16, 2010

This book is very inspriring. It gives great ideas and support from major artists. The book really makes you think about your creativity.
5

Dec 20, 2009

Rice is a phenomenally talented lady and this book explores othet great talents. It gives inspiration and something for me to strive towards.
3

Oct 28, 2008

Interesting from the standpoint of how the various artists organize their time and studio. The work of the artists was too crafty for my taste.
2

May 01, 2011

Not quite what i was expecting...Yes, I the artists are good and some advices are useful but it's really not my type of art.
5

Jan 26, 2009

You should really take a look at this bookk! this is one of our very good family friends! She is the best author and artist! Check out www.ricefreemanzachary.com
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May 26, 2008

Nice comprehensive overview of several contemporary fine artists and crafters and their process.
3

Oct 15, 2007

I haven't got all the way through this one, but it so far it has been fairly worth it. It is full of fun try this kind of things. I am looking forward to finishing this one.
5

Apr 12, 2013

very uplifting and inspiring book for artists that encourages to think creatively..
3

Sep 02, 2008

Okay, so "art" is more than "craft" but there's plenty of inspiration for craft in this book about how working artists find inspiration, create their works and let them go. Besides, it's pretty.
4

Jan 04, 2014

Inspiring and filled with creative inspiration, regardless of your preferred media or style. This is a book that I revisit frequently... best with a nice cuppa tea in hand.
5

Jul 25, 2008

This is another wonderful inspiring book and really interesting to read how the Art-life really is as an artist! I sure loved it!
4

Jun 22, 2008

The book has been most helpful in showing me the many paths there are to life as a creative person. The illustrations are beautiful and the comments from other artists of various types is energizing.

Mom
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Feb 11, 2008

I am still reading this book. Reading this book is like watching The Sixth Sense, you don't catch it all the first time. Each chapter is broken into sections of a Creative Life...Work areas, The Muse, Processes, Etc. Heck that is enough information alone.

Rice Freeman Zachery doesn't stop there, she loads each page with images and work from several artists who were interviewed in the publication. Perhaps the best addition to the book is the "try this" sections, with little tips and exercises to I am still reading this book. Reading this book is like watching The Sixth Sense, you don't catch it all the first time. Each chapter is broken into sections of a Creative Life...Work areas, The Muse, Processes, Etc. Heck that is enough information alone.

Rice Freeman Zachery doesn't stop there, she loads each page with images and work from several artists who were interviewed in the publication. Perhaps the best addition to the book is the "try this" sections, with little tips and exercises to get your creative energy sparkin'.
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5

Jun 17, 2010

The format of this book surprised me more than anything. I expected a chapter on this and a chapter on that all neatly organised into little sections (especially given how public Rice is about her preference for order) as this is how most books like this are set out.
But it reads more like sitting round a table with all the people in the book, with Rice guiding the conversation and everyone chipping in their point of view when they have something to add.
It's one of those books that, 3 pages in, The format of this book surprised me more than anything. I expected a chapter on this and a chapter on that all neatly organised into little sections (especially given how public Rice is about her preference for order) as this is how most books like this are set out.
But it reads more like sitting round a table with all the people in the book, with Rice guiding the conversation and everyone chipping in their point of view when they have something to add.
It's one of those books that, 3 pages in, you decide you really ought to grab a pencil and paper and start making notes lest you forget that really good idea you just thought of when you read that page. It points things out to you that you already know, but rarely take note of and adds some fabulous ideas for actually doing things instead of just thinking about doing things. All from real, live working artists, who fit every genre - self employed, working mums, bachelors, traveling artists, ones with a studio to work in - you name it, it's covered. And Rice really knows her subjects too. She takes the time to find out what makes them different and then pulls that information out in a very skillful way. There's no lengthy diatribes about what she thinks, she just links the ideas together into a cohesive whole. ...more
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Mar 09, 2009

What this book has going for it is the direct comments by the artists that Freeman-Zachery interviewed. They were honest and not in the least bit interested in romanticizing their lives as artists. I didn't love the art that some of them made, but there were a couple of artists whose work got me intrigued and sparked an interest in exploring some media that haven't appealed to me before. There are some gems scattered through these pages, and since I read it mostly on the bus or standing at bus What this book has going for it is the direct comments by the artists that Freeman-Zachery interviewed. They were honest and not in the least bit interested in romanticizing their lives as artists. I didn't love the art that some of them made, but there were a couple of artists whose work got me intrigued and sparked an interest in exploring some media that haven't appealed to me before. There are some gems scattered through these pages, and since I read it mostly on the bus or standing at bus stops, I didn't write any of them down -- I'll have to take it out of the library again and re-read one day.

It didn't make it to my "purchase" list for two reasons. Although the book pays lip service to the idea that people can be creative in many different ways, it has a somewhat condescending tone towards creative efforts that don't fall into the fine arts category. The comment that "craftiness is where you see something in a book or magazine and figure out how to do it yourself" almost got the book sent back to the library before I got through the first chapter.

I also found the design of the book to be seriously annoying. Note to book designers -- don't use small, fine, italic type set against murky/dark patches of color -- not even as a way to distinguish sidebars from regular text!

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Sep 06, 2018

I was hoping to get some tips on making time for art between my day job, cooking, chores, parenting....Instead it’s about living more creatively by trying to think of chores as a creative act, one example is paying your bills. Really?

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