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The Artist's Journey: Bold Strokes To Spark Creativity

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It's later than you think.


You don’t want to come to your final moments regretting your un-lived dreams. You’ve got paintings inside you waiting to be expressed. 

You know that, while you could keep repeating what’s worked before in your art, this is a kind of soul death.

You want to experiment, take risks and explore a deeper self expression.


You want to wrestle dow

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Published January 27th 2019 by The Artist's Journey
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Bruce
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Artist's Journey, Bold Strokes To Spark Creativity, by Nancy Hillis, is a guide for the artists who need some help to find their way in the field of art. It tackles self-doubt, fears, negative inner voices and other things that stifle budding artists as well as old pros. It provides practical exercises for improving your art, as well as some inner improvement tools. Links that lead to videos also supplement the material presented.
First of all I’d like to help the reader determine if this boo
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Linda Martin
No how-to, no art photos... just psychology type advice for artists from a SF Bay Area artist and psychiatrist. Interesting! I found this book to be often vague in a scholarly way, with enough practical advice to make it worth reading for anyone who wants some insight into the life of art making.

The author's experience delves into literature and philosophy and comes up with a mix of ideas that pertain to artistry, such as the most important concept of all: trusting oneself. The goal is the journ
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Gerry Darlington
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How to be an artist.

Wow! It is truly inspiring and it encapsulates everything you need to take your own artist's journey. Thoroughly engaging. Nancy pulls you in, leaving you knowing you must take this journey to become yourself and all you are capable of. Most of all, it grants you permission to be your best, be yourself and live your own life on your own path. Amazing.

Although the book focuses on abstract art, for me, the lessons learned are applicable to any form of artistic or creative expre
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Patti
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring book for anyone

This book is transformative. Written with depth and understanding it provides a way for anyone to take the journey to true self expression. Highly recommend
Ruth
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A practical and inspiring call to create original, astonishing work. Highly recommend.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/h07ujch70l4...
Book cover with original painting by the author

(You can view the chapters and blurb here, as well as find out about the author.)

Nancy Hillis has produced something rare in the cacophony of reads available for contemporary artists and creatives: an intelligent, practical and inspiring call to create original, astonishing work that will connect.

The first thing you see is a mesmerising field of marks and an oh so divine
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Angela Howell
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s finally here! I follow Nancy on Instagram and was so excited to receive my copy of “The Artist’s Journey.” I sat down to immediately begin devouring it and as I began to read, I felt equal parts, terror and relief.

Terror because I have a feeling I’m about to do a deep dive into a new part of art-making. And relief, because I want to go deeper and can tell she gets the resistance and is the person to help take me there. She gets all of it, the process and the avoidance of the process. It’s l
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Michelle
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Ms Hillis truly gets her point across with this nice short book in the manner of Steven Pressfield’s books, however, it is a good book that could have been a great one. I feel it is a missed opportunity. The obviously erudite author limits herself to presenting good quotes about glazed over ideas that could have been explored further and more deeply. There were moments I was truly inspired being familiar with the thinkers/artists/authors quoted, but the possibilities are lost to those ...more
Gerri
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is by a psychiatrist, writing about art. It is interesting a lot of the things that she says in terms of trusting yourself and the process echo what I have learned in one of my art classes. It is a good book if you are looking for reinforcing the idea of being able to create. A relatively short book with links to her videos. I don’t know yet if those are free or paid, as I haven’t checked those out yet.
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May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Trudy
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for someone stuck, that needs help finding their artistic path.
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Nancy Hillis, MD lives in Santa Cruz, California. She's an abstract artist, author, existential psychiatrist and founder of The Artist's Journey courses, workshops and presentations. Do you want a free training on the #1 Secret To Creating Paintings You Love and 4 Traps That Get In The Way? Go here: https://nancyhillis.com.



Nancy blogs about the inner landscape of artists at https://nancyhillis.com
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“Confronting your fears requires being willing to take risks and let go. If you’re not throwing away some of your work, you’re not evolving as an artist.” 0 likes
“The idea is that the act of moving forward creates the next step. Every creative move you make creates the next possibility—the adjacent possible.” 0 likes
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