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Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art Paperback – July 4, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The messages are uplifting but I thought the individual artist features were too short and merely skimmed the surface. There isn't much detail and most of it reads like an introduction. But that format, of course, allows for more artists to be featured. The works of the contributing artists represent a wide variety of art forms, from mixed media to photography, from knitting to jewelry-making. No matter the medium, the overall message is that art can help you connect with yourself and with the community. I especially loved the "Pay It Forward" column for which each artist has chosen a quote to highlight: mostly universal inspirations for anyone in any walk of life.
The book also includes a little bit on art techniques, with some artists sharing tips and tutorials for projects: including a collage piece by Kelly Rae Roberts, photography tips from Susannah Conway, digital montage by Susan Tuttle and a calligraphic wall hanging by Lisa Engelbrect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely wonderful book. It details the lives of several different artists and how the serve others wiith their artistic gifts. HIGHLY recommend! Read morePublished 5 months ago by momp
I picked up this beautiful book yesterday, at Jenny's studio, and have already devoured it. It's pages are filled with beautiful images and bite-sized inspiration, from many of our... Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Sotelo
I have loved this book from the Escondido I opened it!
It was so very helpful on so many levels!
I recommend it! Read more
I expected more ideas and techniques - but it's basically just stories about the artist's lives - not really about how to make anything.Published on December 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Love this book! I actually refer back to this on occasion when I need to be inspired. So great to see how art helps so many people.Published on August 15, 2013 by AJ
This book is inspiring, and has great projects to try on your own! Definitely a must read for someone thinking about stretching your artistic wings to make a difference in the... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Mom of 4
Good, It have great ideas. Looking forward to doing some of the projects in the book.. But overall I like it.Published on May 13, 2013 by Pamela