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Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World

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Join the bestselling author of Wild Mind and Writing Down the Bones as she explores a new realm of creativity--the world of color--and offers us an intimate view of how everyday life is transformed into art.

In twelve high-spirited chapters, Natalie introduces us to her family, her artist friends, her New Mexico home, her painting trips to Europe--always focusing on the que
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 2nd 1997 by Bantam
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Nancy Canyon
Jun 23, 2009 Nancy Canyon rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book. I attended Natalie Goldberg's workshop based on this book in Taos, New Mexico in 1997. We did some drawings in class as well as fast writing. Natalie's work is based on following the first thought "from the bottom of the mind." So even with our drawings, we were to look and see and draw continuous line drawings without thinking. Like the walking meditation we did to get to the fence-line or building we drew, just put the pencil or pen on paper and go. It was mind opening ...more
Carole Calladine
Jan 20, 2015 Carole Calladine rated it it was amazing
Of all of Natalie Goldberg's books, this is my favorite. In it, she explores the creative process and living the creative life. She gives women, in particular, permission to take up space to do their art. They don't have to sit in the laundry room, under the staircase, or even at the dining room table to write, draw, imagine. The idea of studio becomes alive. The vibrant drawings that accompany the twelve chapters jump off the page as does the writing.
Sep 17, 2007 Janice rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite authors and Buddhist friends writes about her life and illustrates it 'in living color'. It's subtitled A Writer Paints Her World.

here is a tiny excerpt to give the flavor "I noticed that the blue of my paints wasn't blue enough to get the intensity of that New Mexico sky. I painted the sky red instead."

Tender stories of family and friends ... the paint of her father is extraordinary
Feb 04, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Debated between 3-4 stars. I love her voice and enjoy reading her work. I find myself laughing and relating - and highlighting passages where she describes things so eloquently.

That said, I am not a fan of autobiographies in general...
Joann Amidon
May 31, 2014 Joann Amidon rated it it was amazing
When I picked up this book, the work I was trying to create was stuck. The direction came to me after three hours of reading and I was inspired to pick up needle and thread again. Thank you Natalie.
Feb 08, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
I love this book!
Jun 10, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one, especially creative people searching
It was inspiring
Aug 19, 2011 Lindy rated it really liked it
Making the experiences of life into a visual journey.
Cari Polena
Mar 01, 2010 Cari Polena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: non-artists who like to paint
A color explosion with crooked lines and nice stories.
Jul 26, 2009 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Loved this
Feb 25, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
Great chance to see Natalie's paintings and to get her larger thoughts on art outside of the focus of writing.
Apr 01, 2014 Martha rated it liked it
This is the original book written by ms Goldberg describing her ventures into painting and how she was influenced by several modern painters. Another of her books, Writing Down the Bones, has been a classic and practical writing guide for many. Practical also describes this compact set of ideas on painting.
Nov 13, 2010 Cherie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Venessa
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
A The process of becoming a writer through the journey of painting (though I don't like her paintings).
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Shelves: creativiteit
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Natalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe , which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twe ...more
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