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Art escapes : daily exercises & inspirations for discovering greater creativity & artistic confidence
Kanter, Dory, 1947-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
125 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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N7430.5 .K35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Inspire your creative spirit--everyday!

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, Art Escapes provides the ideas and encouragement you need to discover greater creativity and artistic confidence, even when you're short on time. Professional artist and instructor Dory Kanter shows you how to:

Experience more fun and greater confidence drawing and painting Express yourself and experiment everyday with an art journal Reinterpret daily life with simple, beautiful sketches Find painting inspiration in unexpected places Paint freely, intuitively and passionately with a simple four-step approach Create new forms of art, including watercolor mosaics, paper weavings and found object collages

You'll also find 13 drawing, watercolor, mixed media, and assemblage projects, plus several "page-a-day" ideas.

With Art Escapes , you'll learn how to build an art "habit," one that brings joy with every stroke of your brush.

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Library Journal Review

Often, the most difficult obstacles an artist faces aren't technical but psychological. Kanter writes for those who are motivated to paint or draw but have not yet integrated the creative impulse into daily life. Presently at Portland State University, she has taught painting for 25 years. Her method involves creative journal exercises done with no thought of public viewing. She advises creating at least one page a day: "write all over the page, or not at all. Use color, or shades of gray. Use pencil, pen, collage, or watercolor. Make quick notations or fully developed paintings." The only rule is that there are no rules. Results are not important; creativity and innovation are. While the theory is fine, the execution is not always as lively as that found in Peggy Hadden's The Artist's Quest for Inspiration. Hadden's book brims with motivational exercises, meditations, journal ideas, and the uses of travel and music. Her discussion of the experiences of artists like Ben Shahn and Diego Rivera raises the level of inspiration. Kanter's book is recommended only for larger collections seeking variations on the theme of inspiration. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.