The Artist's Journey: Bold Strokes To Spark Creativity
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...more
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 ...more
First of all I’d like to help the reader determine if this boo ...more
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 ...more
A practical and inspiring call to create original, astonishing work. Highly recommend.
(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 ...more
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 ...more
One of those books that constantly asserts that everything you need to know already lies within, while secretly hoping the reader doesn’t ever stop to wonder why they should even bother reading the book the ...more
While there are several “experiences” that may be generally applicable, the author is really only talking to artists who paint abstracts. Although she begins by addressing the journey of all artists (writers, videographers, etc), nothing in this book is even slightly applicable outside two-dimensional media. As a book artist, this was very disappointing - as if she could not widen her vision to make her points applicable to other art forms.
Also she spends an enor ...more
First I'll say what I liked: I liked the writing style of this book. I liked how she described things and how she spoke of different subjects related to the personal experience of art. Her words were motivational and they inspired me to want to try new things with my art. She also made me think about other aspects in my life and in general I guess she gave a lot of food for thought basically. I rated 4/5 because the title and description is somewhat misleading in that this ...more
Also, I found this description hilarious: "It’s daunting—like going into a chi-chi restaurant in San Francisco without sufficient funds, hoping to pay for the meal with a pearl found in the oyster you ordered." There were moments of brilliance in the book.
One thing though. I find the description of the book on this goodreads page misleading. I think the description here of the Artist's J ...more
For myself, I would have benefited equally from going to read some of Mary Oliver's poetry once again. I should offer the disclaimer that I worked for over forty years in the field of psychotherapy, so the references she mentions about resear ...more
But if that is your thing, maybe what she does will work for you. Good luck!
I enjoyed the insight of working abstractly. I will be trying these exercises. I was looking for a book on art therapy as I’ve been thinking about per suing it lately. I’ll have to keep looking, but this book I’m sure compliments art as therapy.
I expected art practices in a workshop format. What I read was a lot of inspiring quotes and psychiatric references. Still, I am impressed. This was an interesting read. I won't be applying any of it to my paintings. Nevertheless, I did write down some memorable quotes.
Nancy blogs about the inner landscape of artists at https://nancyhillis.com ...more