- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Court McCracken & Nurture Publishing (October 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628475978
- ISBN-13: 978-1628475975
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art Nurture: The Simple Guide to Cultivating your Creativity Paperback – October 7, 2013
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Court inspires those of us who desire to create by telling her own story of creative struggle of artistic deprivation as she became an adult and getting the dreaded J-O-B thereafter losing that artistic part of herself, feeling like there was something missing, craving for what she used to be. You will be inspired by her road back to artistic satisfaction.
Unlike "The Artist Way", Court's book is a very easy read. "Art Nurture" is deep and thought provoking without being weighed down. I read "Art Nurture" twice, cover to cover in 3 days. You will find yourself jotting down notes and ideas and incorporating them into your daily life.
Court is insistent that every human being is meant to be creative. She doesn't get religious in this book but in an innocuous way Court will speak to whatever your belief system is and promotes the principles that we were put on this earth to create and to bring joy to others no matter what our creative avenue is. She really draws on the old saying of "stop and smell the roses" and then encourages us to then draw them, paint them, write about them or otherwise create something enjoyable from your experiences and at the same time creating something of value whether it be tangible or intangible.
This book will help you discover the lost artist in you even if it's just to be an enjoyable hobby of days gone by or if you strive to make your art a source of income.
If you are a fan of blogs and podcast like "The Good Life Project", "48 Days To The Work You Love" and "Entrepreneur On Fire" you have to pick up this book!
As a soil conservationist I was attracted to the soil and planting analogies used in this book, I feel like we could all use some growth. The beautiful juxtaposition between art and science made me a little giddy and also made the book more readable......also the subtle illustrations throughout the book are delightful and a testament to the artist the author is.
I'm not usually much of a self help book reader......but this book cuts to the core of cultivating the things that are important to you and finding true joy in your life. I've already noticed a difference in the way I approach both the things in my life that are expected to be creative and things I never considered being creative about. Creativity isn't the problem anymore, it's the solution. This is the best thing I've read all year.
Little did I know that I could express my creativity in other more mundane ways, like my experimenting with food, my attempts at finding my green thumb, or even the creative act of parenting (who knew homeschooling was ART?) Ms. McCracken's witty ways with words gave me the insight I needed to find some creative outlet in even my mostly mundane existence. She nudged me to pursue (well, actually "nurture") my brighter instincts, seek out creative companions, and Press On! As she so aptly puts it: "Should we deny ourselves such a jazzy good time, by thinking we are too small and our art is no good?" I say NO.
Take this book and eat it. It tastes GOOD.
W. Fisher, former barista, current caregiver for precocious 4 year old, seeking full-time life