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Painted Pages by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare
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[ this review is adapted from a longer one at my blog liberal sprinkles http://liberalsprinkles.blogspot.com/... ]

In Painted Pages, the author invites the reader into her studio for a peek at her workspace, tools and creative process. You'll see her mood board, her colorful scrapbooks, lots of gorgeous photos of her works in progress, completed canvases and also works from some guest artists.

I enjoyed the book. There're examples of collages and mixed media works, as well as quick prompts to get you started on creating and trying out new materials. Basically, the advice is: don't think too much, just try it out. Collage with scraps or clippings, paint with colors, experiment and have fun.

This is not a how-to book though. There are no step-by-step instructions to show you how a work was conceived and completed. The book's introduction does say it is about getting the reader to find their own way to make art and be creative. The author nudges the reader with a peek into her process and and explanations - though somewhat superficial - of how a text (eg Pablo Neruda poem) or idea (eg, bird ephemera) inspired the final work.

Sarah Ahearn Bellemare has a very distinctive style: it's very pretty, bright and breezy but there's very little variation. You have to like it to enjoy this book.
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