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The Zen of creative painting : an elegant design for revealing your muse
Carbonetti, Jeanne.
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill, [1998]
Physical Description:
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ND1473 .C37 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Adopting an alternative approach to painting, this book shows how, through a combination of Eastern philosophy and Western techniques, artists may be empowered to produce more thoughtful and creative work. It demonstrates how this effect can be achieved by meditation and exercises.

Author Notes

The books of painter Jeanne Carbonetti include The Zen of Creative Painting: An Elegant Design for Revealing Your Muse (1998) and The Tao of Watercolor: A Revolutionary Approach to the Practice of Painting (1998), which uses the principles of harmony presented in the Tao Te Ching. Her watercolors can be found in collections all over the world, including the State Department's Art in Embassies Program and in the IBM Corporate Offices Executive Division Collection, Washington, D.C.

Carbonetti received her B.A. in Art from Uppsala College and her M.S. from Rutgers University. A teacher for more than 20 years, she is on the faculty at Lebanon College in New Hampshire and also offers workshops and private/group instruction.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Inspiration may be the most important element in the psyche of an artist. These volumes represent three widely different sources of inspiration, one from the spiritual world of Zen, another from the personal guidance of an accomplished mentor, and the last from the wildest reaches of the imagination. Carbonetti had a surprise hit with her first book, The Tao of Watercolor. This one may also find a wide audience, despite its rather superficial use of Zen. It is a bold attempt, but those seriously interested in Eastern religion as artistic inspiration will be disappointed. Howard is a master of light in both watercolor and oil. Appointed Official Artist in Northern Ireland and a member of the Royal Academy, he is a stimulating teacher with strong views. Going from the sublime to the hideous, Jefferies's book on fantasy art will either stimulate the imagination or provoke nightmares. His is one of the best manuals for creating beasts, angels, demons, wizards, and cursed castles. He even gives tips on making maps for lands where your creatures can roam. Three good volumes, each sure to find an audience. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.