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Inner Excavation: Exploring Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media Paperback – Bargain Price, November 3, 2010
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The focus of the book is on self-exploration through vehicles like poetry, collage creation, examining and recording your world and its many personal meanings through photography, creation of collaborative projects with others who are also on self-discovery journeys.
The book is beautifully laid out. Many pages look like photo montages with multiple photographs artfully arranged. There are pages that look as if someone has handwritten intros to various sections on paper from a spiral bound book, contrasting nicely with more traditional layout arrangements and less fancy fonts on facing pages.
Liz's narrative is descriptive and insightful. She is a marvelous writer (something you'll already know if you follow her blog Be Present, Be Here). She also introduces us to many of her artist friends who have contributed to the book, each in different ways. The artist illuminations, as Liz calls them, are unified through a series of questions Liz asked each: Who are you? Who or what inspires you? How do you nurture yourself? and How did you find your creative voice? For people, especially women, trying to uncover what it is that makes them unique, these are important questions and it is both illustrative and inspiring to hear how women artists of various ages answer these questions for themselves.
Liz has exercises that focus on things like light and shadow, sensory tasks, clues in old photos, the landscape of home. She encourages even those who think they are not writers or poets to uncover the poet within.Read more ›
But the reason I am really glad that this is the book I chose to gift to myself is that more than pretty words and images, it actually makes me create! I'm not an artist, but after dipping into parts of it and reading the tips and ideas and suggestions, I've spent time actually putting some words together for poetry, taking photos that are starting to capture what I am feeling and I am adding painting and mixed-media to my journal.
If you're looking for inspiration on finding the beautiful in the everyday ordinary moments, here it is. Have fun with it!
It keeps disappearing and going home in their satchels with a promise
that it will be returned 'shortly'.
It is never returned.
Liz's book reawakened the artist in me fueling my innermost desire for self expression. I am a seasoned artist with no end to inspiration dancing through my life and yet, when I picked up this book and settled into it's wondrous pages I was ignited with a brand new wave of artistic fever.
My creative muse danced around the house thrilled with the array of stunning talent she has enlisted to nudge you into the artistic limelight ~ our eyes lit up with the breathtaking photo's and soulful outpouring of an ode to life.
This book reminds me so much of Sabrina Ward Harrison's books which shove you off the couch, offline and into a life marvelously and joyfully lived.
I CAN DO THIS!!! you will shout!!!
I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AND I WANT TO SAY IT NOW!!! you will sing
and this book, yes, will give you all the tools and magic to help you make art that is true to YOU.
This book is real, true, genuine and brimming with soul. Liz has a profoundly beautiful voice and her book is a gift to all who buy it ~ or sneak it home in satchels.
Liz Lamoreux guides you through a miriad of exercises and ideas to get to know yourself a little bit better by taking pictures, writing words and making art. She has the help of several well known contemporary mixed media artists and photographers. This gives the book an extra dimension it would not have it was only about Liz' own soul searching.
Just to read about the ideas in this book makes you want to go out and play, and even though I have not done any of the exercises in full yet I have already used some parts of the suggestions like changing the perspective of your camera and doing self portraits.
This book is not so much about how to make art or about showcasing art works (even though there is plenty to see), but it is an intimate guide into doing personal soul searching through art. I heartily recommend it to those who are not afraid to look at themselves!
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I Love Liz Lamoreux! This book is absolutely wonderful. It's a read over and over book! Thank you Liz!Published on August 2, 2014 by Nancy Brown
This book guides women through self-instrospective exercises using poetry, writing, photography and some mixed media. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Kindle Customer
There were a few projects in here I might try. It seemed to me this book had too many pictures of the authors just taking pictures of each other with a few projects thrown in.Published on December 23, 2013 by R. Lyon
It is a wonderful way to explore your inner self, a way to discover or rediscover your dreams and desires.Published on August 18, 2013 by Julia I. Vazquez
Brilliant exercises in putting your life into an artistic rendering of art, poetry and photography.
After completing and pondering the exercises in this book you will... Read more
I bought this book as part of a free Read Along Online Course offered by the Author - I got alot out of that experience. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by R. Momsen
My photography had gone a bit stale -- but using the lesson plans in Inner Excavation I have renewed interest in photography and even writing some poetry and using more mixed media... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by T. L. Blauw