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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (July 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144030906X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440309069
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio and numerous art and crafting magazines from 2004 to 2009, Jenny Doh is considered an authority within the art and craft industry. Jenny's first book (co-authored with Jo Packman) is titled Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration (Lark Books). To connect the creative passion of the individual and to build an authentic community of like-minded souls that can inspire focused compassion to make a difference in the world, she recently launched CRESCENDOh.com.

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Amazing stories and art depicting the healing power and intention of art.
kik
While reading the book, I couldn't help thinking that many of these projects would be really fun to promote during adult art retreat session, as well.
C. Burja
This book is one of the most inspirational and motivating art books that I've read.
S. Warfield

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 23, 2011
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This book is one of the most inspirational and motivating art books that I've read. Each artist represented has given a short biography and within that bursts forth what drew them to find the artist within each of them. The projects shown are so creative and can lead the reader to ideas of his/her own in mixed-media journaling, artworks using ephemera or other types of artwork.

One artist who struck me as particularly inspiring is Suzi Blu, whose multi-layered rendering of a self-portrait is titled "Art Saved a Child Like Me." The artist battled her own demons until she picked up a paint brush and discovered the healing power of art. Her story is very much a testimony to what a pencil or paint brush and a piece of paper can do for the human spirit.

You don't have to be an artist to enjoy this book or to receive inspiration from it. There are many artists to read about, their stories and their work and why they do what they do. Best of all is what their work has done for them and how it can inspire you and help you understand yourself.

Thank you to the author for giving us this beautiful book to enjoy over and over again.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Wimmer on July 9, 2011
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Amazing! As soon as I saw that Jenny Doh had a new book coming out, I was quick to purchase it and so excited to receive it. I read "Art Saves" from cover to cover immediately. It was great to see many familiar artists whose work I admire, and to learn even more about what has inspired their work. Equally interesting was discovering artists whose work I was not yet familiar with but enjoyed immediately. You'll find a great mix of art from photography (yeah, Susan Tuttle!) and mixed media (Stephanie Lee!) to jewelry (Robert Dancik!).....What a wonderful opportunity to really see a cross section of artists. "Art Saves" is not only a glimpse of the artist's personal inspiration and vision, and a fantastic sampling of their artwork, but it also chock full of techniques for the reader! If you've ever wondered, "how do they do that?", you're in for a treat when you see the many step-by-step projects inside. I've already stocked up on a few new supplies and plan to make a collage inspired by the very first featured artist, Kelly Rae Roberts. I highly recommend this book for your art book shelf - I just know you'll love it too. Kudos to Jenny Doh for a stunning, must-have book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cristi on July 22, 2011
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I just received my copy of Art Saves about an hour ago and have already devoured it!. It's wonderfully written, the photos are wonderful and so inspirational. I can't wait to dive into some of the projects included. This book includes so many of my most admired artists. It's wonderful to get a little glimpse into their history of creating wonderful art. Thanks to Jenny Doh for what will most certainly be a staple in my art library!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann Seward MO on August 31, 2011
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The book is not as deep as I expected, the interviews are short. I would have liked to hear more about each person's perspective and how art actually saved them from something or pulled them out of a hole. Still, the vignettes into the lives of several contemporary artists with several different outlooks and approaches are refreshing. The suggested art projects are very freestyle, reassuring us that art is genuine even when it doesn't conform to museum-type "fine art". The book seems to say that art is for expression, and artful creativity is healing. And that's a refreshing, encouraging, even powerful, message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aisling D'Art on July 17, 2012
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I'll confess, the cover of this book didn't intrigue me. The title seemed a little odd. A quick flip through the pages made me say things like, "Yes, I know she does that kind of art. It's her signature." And, "Interesting, but not my style at all."

However, a few phrases flew off the pages and caught my attention. In the store where I first saw "Art Saves," I found a chair and decided to give this book a second look.

I'm really glad that I did.

This book isn't a how-to book about art... it's a nurturing series of lessons about creating your OWN art, not cookie-cutter art that copies anyone else's work. And, it's about redefining art, taking it from "cute" or "nicely done" to "Wow... that's extraordinary!"

Years ago, I read and loved a book called No More Secondhand Art. It's still one of my favorite books for the message it delivers.

"Art Saves" could be subtitled, "No more secondhand rules and no more limiting ideas."

If you're looking for a book that pushes you past the usual boundaries and definitions of polite and tidy art, into a realm of profound and authentic self-expression, this is the book to get.

It's not a how-to book, though it contains some projects with step-by-step instructions.

Mostly, these artists aren't saying, "Here's how I create my art," but "Here's WHY I create my art... and what it gives me -- and the world -- in return."

For me, this is a deeply affirming and inspiring book, and I never would have guessed that from the cover or even a quick glance at the contents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Thompson on December 29, 2012
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This book is incredibly good. It is filled with stories of individual artists and how art has helped them transform and heal their lives, as well as the lives of others. My mom is a cancer survivor who is currently struggling to heal from the devastating side-effects of her chemo regime, and this book was just what she needed to re-inspire the artist in her who hidden under all the fatigue. A sincere thank you to all the artists who contributed to this book...I feel as if you have given me my mom back again!
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