Book Review:
Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspirations from Working Artists

Cherie M. Thompson © 2008

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Title: Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspirations from Working Artists
Author: Rice Freeman–Zachary
Paperback: 143 pages
Publisher: North Light Books (August 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1581809948
ISBN-13: 978-1581809947

This stunning book, the newest addition to my library, is un-put-downable! Living the Creative Life is bursting with inspiration and motivation from not only the multi-talented Rice, but from fifteen successful working artists. The book unlocks the keys to personal potential; as you read you embark on a journey of self-discovery. Designed both sensibly and thoughtfully, it is the perfect size book to read in bed, to have beside you while you work or to pop in your bag to read wherever you happen to go!

The 143 pages are jam-packed with hints, tip and ideas, as well as questions that jog you into immediate answers. Before you know it you’re reaching for a pen, your creative juices are flowing and you’ll probably be starting a Living the Creative Life journal, as the books' visual feast makes your head zing!

The fifteen artists have been superbly generous with personal thoughts with glimpses into their diverse worlds where we’re privileged to also see works in progress –

Sas Colby, artist; Wendy Hale Davis, bookbinder; Michael de Meng, jeweler and assemblage artist; Bean Gilsdorf, art quilter; Claudine Hellmuth, mixed media artist; Rebekah Hodous, bead artist; Wendy Huhn, art quilter; Kelly Buntin Johnson, artist; Scott Radke, puppeteer; Gail Rieke, mixed media artist; Susan Shie, art quilter; James Michael Starr, artist; Violette, illustrator; Linda Woods, mixed media artist; Melissa Zink, mixed media wall art - the marvelous talents who share their muse and more.

Time old questions are asked and discussed … how to get started, how did you get started, what are your tricks for overcoming blocks (not quilting blocks) but mental and creative blocks … all written in a friendly, easy to understand style. Some parts of the book are like having a conversation with the writer, I kept thinking – "this book is speaking to me."

No matter your creative penchant, we all experience similar problems in our creative life and this wonderful book could hold the prompts or answers you’re looking for! Start 2008 with a copy; I’m sure, like me, you’ll be enthralled.

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