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The New Creative Artist Spiral-bound – July 17, 2006

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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.
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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
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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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

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Joan Crawford Barnes

"Inspired by Color"

Website: [...]

Email: jbarnes209@woh.rr.com
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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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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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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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{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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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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