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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?
the Creative Life, author Ricë Freeman-Zachery has
compiled answers to these questions and more from 15 successful artists
in a variety of mediumsfrom 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
No crafter or artist should live the
creative life without Living the Creative Life! The inspiration
Jun 10, 2008June 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.
Mar 17, 2010I 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.
Dec 13, 2016I 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."
Nov 25, 2008I'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."
Jan 24, 2013Although I don't paint like these artists...I found many of the ideas useful.
Oct 10, 2009Hmmm...
Jul 16, 2010This book is very inspriring. It gives great ideas and support from major artists. The book really makes you think about your creativity.
Dec 20, 2009Rice is a phenomenally talented lady and this book explores othet great talents. It gives inspiration and something for me to strive towards.
Oct 28, 2008Interesting from the standpoint of how the various artists organize their time and studio. The work of the artists was too crafty for my taste.
May 01, 2011Not 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.
Jan 26, 2009You 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
May 26, 2008Nice comprehensive overview of several contemporary fine artists and crafters and their process.
Oct 15, 2007I 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.
Apr 12, 2013very uplifting and inspiring book for artists that encourages to think creatively..
Sep 02, 2008Okay, 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.
Jan 04, 2014Inspiring 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.
Jul 25, 2008This is another wonderful inspiring book and really interesting to read how the Art-life really is as an artist! I sure loved it!
Jun 22, 2008The 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.
Feb 11, 2008I 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.
Jun 17, 2010The 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.
Mar 09, 2009What 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.
Sep 06, 2018I was hoping to get some tips on making time for art between my day job, cooking, chores, parenting....Instead itâ€™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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