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The New Creative Artist [Spiral-bound]

Nita Leland
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Book Description

July 17, 2006

Play, Experiment and Discover the Creative Artist within!

Choose to be creative! Artist and teacher Nita Leland believes that creativity lives in everyone, from the novice artist to the professional. Develop and strengthen your natural curiosity, flexibility, independence and playfulness, and become the artist you want to be. Inside this updated and expanded edition of Nita's bestselling The Creative Artist are over 110 fun activities to exercise your creative muscle:

  • Explore what drives you by creating an autobiographical collage
  • Jot down ideas for projects and techniques and place them in a jar for random retrieval when you need a jumpstart
  • Target "dull" subjects and find ways to make them interesting
  • Push your creative boundaries by trying new methods and media: paper crafts, Japanese brush painting, creative quilting, inventive photography, grown-up finger painting, monotype and more

Nita's exciting, enlightening instruction - plus inspiring art from 100 other fine artists and crafters in every medium - will coach you to creative success!

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About the Author

Award winning artist Nita Leland is the author of several fine art books, including The Creative Artist - a North Light bestseller since 1990. She's taught workshops for more than three decades and her paintings are in a variety of corporate and private collections. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Revised edition (July 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581807562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581807561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great aid to overcoming "Artist's Block" August 18, 2006
The New Ceative Artist by Nita Leyland is a very useful addition to the library of any painter, regardless of the medium he or she uses. It is especially good to read when you go through that period that every artist experiences, when you feel you have lost your essential creativity and feel you have nothing to say.

The book is particularly good for its treatment of the Elements and Principles of Design...Nita is clearly a fan of the late Ed Whitney and her explanation of his favourite subject is very well done - it would be ideal background material for a tutor who aims to show her class how essential this topic is to produce good graphic art. I really liked the Activity list attached to each section of the book.....the person who owns this book will never be at loss for something new - whether it be in the area of realist painting or of abstraction and everthing in between.

Well done Nita - a well produced practical book for both beginner and advanced painter.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Creative Artist will stir your creativity! August 1, 2006
I have just received a complimentary copy of Nita Leland's new book

"The New Creative Artist" and have had my nose in this book now for days. I

think that Nita has put it all in one book. She hasn't held back a thing -

its all there in black and white. No matter what your level of expertise is

or whether you are a beginner or more advanced, its all there. I would

recommend this book to anyone who is open to new ideas on creativity.

Nita goes from her Introduction which catches you right away with new

deas - I love the titles of each chapter - you just want to read it! Her

chapter on "Drawing, Don't Leave Home Without It" is one of my favorites.

Since I teach drawing to children, I have gained some new insights into the

process - written so simply. Nita's chapter on the elements and principles

of design is a must read for every Artist. I have often said "I don't

understand abstract art!" Well after you read her chapter 6. ABSTRACTION:

OFF THE BEATEN PATH, you will understand as I did this form of art....As you

can see this is a book that I have truly enjoyed. and I say to Nita

Leland - well done and thank you for not holding back. It's one of the best

I have read on those subjects....Joan


Joan Crawford Barnes

"Inspired by Color"

Website: [...]

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book for everyone July 25, 2006
What a BEAUTIFUL book! Just flipping through the pages, everything in it is

inspiring! Move over "The Artist's Way"! Somehow I could never make it

through that book. What makes this book fantastic is that you can pick out

what you feel inspired by. This is easy and accessible reading for

anyone wanting to be unblocked or moved creatively in new directions. I

am definitely looking forward to reading it and trying out some of

these inspiring ideas. It is beautifully laid out--real eye candy for

the reader.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore your creative zone November 3, 2006
Most active artists hit the dreaded blocked state.Nita Leland leads the way out in this challenging book.Or,perhaps,you're a lucky one who hasn't been blocked.She"ll help to unleash the creative thinking that will become a part of your life by presenting exercises that are sometimes funny,childlike, or challlenging.She may even invite you to draw your breakfast,or make collages with your photos or some you cut out of magazines.Nita shows you inspiring works from many artists in varied media,giving you permission to be that creative person you really are.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Leland January 30, 2007
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I loved Nita Leland's first book "The Creative Artist". I love this new one even more. It is chocked full of great inspiring ideas and projects you can really sink your teeth into. Whenever I feel blocked, I just pick up her book and open to a page at random. I am never disappointed. This book is for all artists from beginner to advanced.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Riveting! Energizing! Exploding Graphics! August 8, 2006
{This review is by Kate Eglan-Garton, Senior Editor of the Art-to-Art Palette -[...]}

...Experience the creativity known only to a child. Once you pick up this new book by, Nita Leland, you will find yourself immersed in your own imagination that before now, you thought only a few could possess.

If you ever thought you might have a creative bone in your body, this book will guide you to develop a creative spirit in finding it. In addition, it will unlock and train your mind with the fundamentals shared by the masters who know that sketching an idea is only a tiny part of their success.

Profoundly educational, yet highly entertaining; The New Creative Artist is a five-star presentation. Hats off to Nita and North Light's design team."
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is both visually exciting and educational January 11, 2007
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I bought this book to encourage my creativity as a quilter. The book is visually exciting and very user-friendly. Leland encourages readers to move around rather than necesssarily moving through the chapters in sequence. It has thought-provoking suggestions and exercises that are fun and educational. Several of my quilting friends are also interested in getting their own copies. I am so glad I have it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for breaking that creative block!
Had to have this book after renting it from the library three times. Lots if great advice in here...well written!
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nita Leland certainly opens the door to so many creative ...
Nita Leland certainly opens the door to so many creative ideas. My brain was full of things I wanted to try and have. I refer to this book a lot when I hit a block. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gorilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by happyshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great chapter on Abstracts
The whole book is a jewel. Buy it, you won't be sorry. The abstractions chapter is worth the price of the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Olva Hollowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering my creative abilities
A quick scan lets me know that this book is one that I will enjoy. I am delving into the activities that are outlined for creating my artistic ability and I am gaining much more... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hazel Spindler
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
It was ok but not really what I was looking for. I found it very wordy and not really inspiring creativity.
Published 19 months ago by Orlando Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
great for anyone who loves to paint with the freedom to be free and still have a painting that's worth the effort
Published 19 months ago by sandra k. spiteri
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of multiple media
I saw this book at an art class, and I was pleasantly surprised to be able to purchase of revised version.
Published on November 8, 2012 by Camilla D. Camburn
4.0 out of 5 stars The New Creative Artist
I highly recommend this book. I think the exercises are helpful for experienced artists with a creative block or a beginner trying to discover themselves.
Published on August 26, 2011 by B. Marquis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I was rather surprised by this book. I think anyone who needs some help with creating an abstract piece for the first time should read this book. It has some wonderful ideas. Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by cag1967
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More About the Author

Nita Leland, a resident of Dayton, Ohio, began her journey into art in 1970 when her husband presented her with a gift of watercolor paints, brushes, and papers for her birthday. She taught watercolor painting for several years and developed a passion for color, which led to teaching a color workshop, and then, the publication by North Light Books of her first book, "Exploring Color," in 1985. "The Creative Artist" followed in 1990 and "Creative Collage Techniques" in 1994. "Exploring Color Revised" was published in 1998; "The New Creative Artist" (2006) and "Confident Color" (2008) continued her exploration into creativity and color. "New Creative Collage Techniques" followed in 2011. In 2000 she self published "Exploring Color Coloring Book," a workbook that accompanied the revised version of her color book. She continues to teach watercolor classes in Dayton and instructs workshops throughout the United States and Canada in color, creativity, and collage. Her Web site, titled "Exploring Color & Creativity," has provided information and links for artists since 1998; her blog of the same name was first posted in 2005. Her DVDs "Creating Confident Color" and "Paper Collage Techniques" were released in 2009. "Collage Art Techniques" and "Creative Art Class" DVDs appeared in 2011.

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