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Seeking the Silent Stranger: Drawing Your Way into the Deeper Self Paperback – March 1, 1998
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Seeking The Silent Stranger is reminiscent of a "magic eye" puzzle or a game of finding images in clouds. It's an individual approach to unlocking one's inner self through visualization and drawing. Its intent is to put the reader in touch with his or her "inner voice," to free the silent stranger held back by one's "inner critic." Through a series of drawing exercises, it walks the reader through creating free form charcoal drawings as an expression of a feeling, emotion, or memory. What may start out as an image of a bird may evolve into something else, as the artist develops the freedom of spontaneous expression. What's lacking in the exercises is an attempt at further interpretation of these images, beyond the request to save the drawings for later. It's conceivable that a person may not recognize or admit to a subliminal image that may be very apparent to a neutral observer. This technique does have valid applications in art therapy, confidence building, stress relief, and creativity enhancement in general. At times the book waxes philosophical and sometimes is a little too esoteric to follow, but the eight case studies are helpful, and by the end of the book the reader should have a good idea how to get in touch with his or her own silent stranger. -- From Independent Publisher
About the Author
Lidia Everett, M.D., Board Certified Internist, has her roots in Cuba. As a patient's rights advocate, she has made many appearances on television and radio. Hyacinthe Kuller Baron, artist, sculptor and printmaker, has been a fashion designer and gallery director. Former chair of the San Diego Center for the Blind, she developed a technique to teach the blind population how to draw.