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The Artist's Muse: Unlock the Door to Your Creativity Hardcover – November 27, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Har/Cards (Package) edition (November 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808759
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Workshop teacher Betsy Dillard Stroud is the author of Painting from the Inside Out, and has written for various art instruction magazines, including International Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, The Artist's Magazine, and Artist's Sketchbook.

More About the Author

I ride the twin, turbulent steeds of painting and writing. I am a born Virginian living now in Arizona under the shadow of the hawk. I teach national workshops on painting; I lecture; I write for magazines and for myself, and I have judged over fifty international, national, state, and regional exhibitions. I am completing a book I began twenty years ago, and have three published books to my credit. My first book was written under my maiden name, Elizabeth Nash Dillard and was about my finest mentor....Colonel Herbert Nash Dillard, Jr., also my uncle and my father (another story.) As a former art historian, with a proper distrust of labels, I call myself a realistic, abstract, expressionistic, impressionistic painter, who uses color and symbolism as major means of expression in my work.

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The book alone was worth it for me.
Karen
By mixing and matching the deck, artists will find about 15,000 inspiring ideas for better art, from paintings and new subjects to new color ideas.
Midwest Book Review
I highly recommend this book to all levels of artistic experience, beginner to advanced.
artzgrl

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THE ARTIST'S MUSE: UNLOCK THE DOOR TO YOUR CREATIVITY isn't just another book on the topic: it's an actual tool kit that pairs a book with three decks of cards with creative prompts for ideas. By mixing and matching the deck, artists will find about 15,000 inspiring ideas for better art, from paintings and new subjects to new color ideas. Any with a creative block will find THE ARTIST'S MUSE the perfect toolkit for unlocking the block - and while the card/book combo may not lend to library lending, it will provide working and aspiring artists with something they can't be without: a kit for ongoing inspiration.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fiberphyl on May 15, 2007
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You have to take this book and it's challenges in slow, deliberate sections.

It stirs the imagination and makes you think....and can seem a bit confusing/overwhelming until the reader slows down and doesn't read ahead. I've been able to translate the challenges into fabric.

I'm lucky enough to study this book with an on line group. For me that works best and is how I'd recommend it be studied....either on line or at a local coffee house.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By HIBISCUS on June 10, 2007
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This artist writes about art so that you cannot wait to paint.

She gives vivid examples of what she is talking about in her own works

and the paintings of others. I was moved to immediately sign up for one

of her workshops. Tbe book is a great read whether you're a would-be

painter or an already-am. As if this colorful book isn't enough,there

are also "inspiration" or "idea" cards that can help guide you to paint

creatively. It's GREAT! Inspiring. Delightful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.T. on March 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I buy books for one purpose. I want to be inspired. Inspired by the knowledge, wisdom, exploration, talent and sheer delight of what others are doing and have done. This book is full of inspiration. If you don't find inspiration in the book (and I know you will) you will be nearly pushed to your creative space by the force of ideas you will gain from the innovative and brilliantly designed deck of creativity prompts. There is nothing else like it, but then there are few others like the talented author, Ms. Stroud.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Eastman on April 6, 2008
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The Artists Muse: Unlock the Door to Your Creativity

This is an awesome package of book and cards, chuck full of ideas enough to keep you busy for years! The book is beautifully illustrated, full of challenges, thoughful quotes, and work assignments with all the elements of a piece of art. The 3 decks of ideas & instructions is visually beautiful with color and imprints so you MUST open them. And when you read the content, no Muse could continue to sleep in boredom. There are personal invitations to embark into an adventure for your own inner growth in the Cirles of Growth, Doors of Awareness or Windows of Opportunity. It is a sure cure for the doldroms! What fun for yourself or a group of friends.

Patricia Eastman
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl D. Odom on August 30, 2008
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This was a very poorly designed attempt at inspiring budding artists to try various ways of approaching their art. Unfortunately, I found the exercises simplistic and uninspiring for all but the newbie weekend artist types. It's not useful at all for working artists or anyone with skills advanced beyond the very beginning levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Sheard on May 26, 2008
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Don't feel stuck, or unsure of what to do next - get this book into your hands and get creating. Joyful, fun and inspirational. If you are prepared to push past your own boundaries and fears and have some colourful fun, this book will really bring some new ideas to your work table.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By artzgrl on May 14, 2008
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Wonderfully inspiring book to get the creative juices started! I was in an artistic slump and this book really gave me the jump start I needed to get back to creating more intuitively. I highly recommend this book to all levels of artistic experience, beginner to advanced.
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