Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $6.93 (23%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Creative Block: Get Unstu... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: The cover has stickers or sticker residue on it. Book only; supplement is NOT included! The pages show little wear and tear. Item ships secure with Fulfillment By Amazon, Prime customers get 2nd day at no charge!
Trade in your item
Get a $2.74
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists Paperback – February 18, 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$23.02
$15.29 $10.65

Get a FREE Amazon Echo with homework help
Choose from 40+ subjects with online tutors from The Princeton Review. Learn more
$23.02 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists
  • +
  • Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform
Total price: $45.08
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"What makes the project particularly noteworthy is that while it features reflections from visual artists, most of their insights apply just as usefully to other creative endeavors, from writing and to entrepreneurship to, even, science." - Brain Pickings

"Creative Block is a get-out-of-hell free card. Read this book and the dark nights with your creative soul may go more gently." - Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York magazine

"Creative Block is a vital reminder that, as we move forward on our creative paths, the obstacles we encounter along the way don't have to be overwhelming. We can tap into our community and draw inspiration from one another-plowing forward and breaking new ground. " - Faythe Levine, author, director, and artist

"Danielle Krysta's Creative Block is truth-telling balm for all of us who wonder if we're the only ones who get stuck, second-guess ourselves, and dance with gremlins. I loved every page-the art, the interviewes, and the unBlock challenges." - Brene Brown, author Daring Greatly

"This title is a great resource for any type of visually creative person working in any medium at any level to call upon when the inevitable artist's block strikes." - Starred Review, Library Journal

About the Author

Danielle Krysa is the artist and writer behind the blog The Jealous Curator. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452118884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452118888
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Laura McHugh on February 18, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is visually appealing, filled with humor and asks artists hard questions about their creative process. They display a good sense of humor and willingness to share methods for getting past their own creative blocks. Danielle Krysa, also known as The Jealous Curator, has assembled a panel of 50! successful and - yes, you will be jealous of them - artists. She interviews them about their inner critics, how they get themselves unstuck and how they suggest we might.

One of my favorite ideas for getting unstuck was proposed by Jessica Bell: deliberately destroy something you love. Speaking from my experience of holding what we call Bad Art Night every two weeks where we challenge ourselves to do just that - destroy something you love, I can tell you this works fast to get you unstuck. All the ideas in the book are of this caliber - bold and daring. And the photos of each artists work are sumptuous. I particularly liked that many of those interviewed by Danielle were collage artists.
1 Comment 37 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Length: 1:52 Mins
Here's a wonderful and refreshing book from Danielle Krysa, blogger at The Jealous Curator, at art blog that you should definitely check out also.

Creative Block features the advice and artworks of 50 successful artists. Each artist has a short profile and then move on to talk about where they find inspiration, how they handle creative blocks, challenges and criticism. At the end, there's a short project idea to get your hands and brain working.

I love the artworks featured. The artists work with different medium so you get to see stuff like illustrations, collages, paintings, installation art, sculptures, paper art and more.

The interviews come across as casual and candid, and there are always surprising things to read about, such as the jobs that those artists imagined they would end up in.

As an artist myself, I find it interesting to learn about what other artists are thinking and doing. There are many new artists to check out also.

This is a book you can read from cover to cover, or just hop in to any page for some inspiration.

Highly recommended. This book should appeal to artists from any background.

(See more pictures and the book review on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am so happy to find a REFRESHING, WELL PLANNED, and engaging book these days.. Although we are looking at 50 different artists...across so many mediums and backgrounds, the book is in no way boring. The "Creative Block" topics are interesting..and attainable.. This is not the same ol' content that is being published over and over.. I am glad purchased this book for sure... surely will refer to it over and over.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As self-taught (still-learning!) artist a bit beyond just starting out, I always appreciate hearing from other artists. The fifty interviews of "Creative Block" each have a good probability of exposing a new nugget of knowledge, insight, and/or inspiration. Many of the "un-blocking" exercises suggested by the artists feel like something I'd try.

Two critiques (that would have added two more stars): First, by the author's admission, the interviews are formulaic. It's swell to hear many of the subjects' take on the questions, but, at half-way through the book, it'd be nice to have some variety of Q & A. Second: Most everybody in the book looks a lot like me. In this day and age, diversity kind of goes without saying... working to find willing, able, and qualified participants whose backgrounds go beyond the "White" experience would have been beneficial.

I like the book and I'm glad to own it.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been slowly reading one interview at time. The interviews alone are excellent, as well as the samples of inspiring work. But best of all are the suggestions each artist gives for activities to help shake free the stuck feelings and serve as a great jumping off point to get your own creativity steamrolling again. Great selection of contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. Thank you Danielle for this great collection of interviews and artists.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an artist and high school art teacher this book is a treasure trove of advice. It is also helpful to have an arsenal of contemporary artists to be able to share with my students. Many of the advice given is excellent in terms of ways to break through a creative rut, which is something I deal with personally and my students deal with as well,
1 Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love this book. I am BLOCKED right now and very frustrated. I love reading the artist interviews and their suggestions to unblock. It is also comforting to know that successful artists have similar feelings to my own. Despite wanting only to be an artist since age 4, I am very insecure about my art.. I know I need to snap out of it. I'm hoping this book will stimulate me enough to get back to it. In fact, I already had a great idea for collage today so I think it is helping already.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I liked this book, it gave me an insight to other artists and how they work. Gave me a sense of relief that I'm not brain dead, I'm on the right path to what I'm doing and its ok to be where your at - where ever you are.... just keep going and dont stop.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists