Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

by Natalie Goldberg


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From fill-in art journals to self-help books on creativity, more than ever the public is striving to bring artistic enlightenment into their everyday lives. In Living Color, one of the country’s most celebrated writers expounds on her own path to artistic inspiration. Tailored to a new generation of aspiring creatives, this revised and expanded edition pairs 13 of Goldberg’s engaging and encouraging essays with 75 of her paintings and 22 never-before-shared artistic exercises. This timely re-publication will speak straight to the heart of readers everywhere who want to break down creative barriers or explore their creativity anew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617690846
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 815,199
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Natalie Goldberg is the author of the bestselling Writing Down the Bones, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies since publication in 1986, as well as nine other books, including Wild Mind and Long Quiet Highway. She regularly leads workshop retreats at the Mabel Dodge House in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and other locales worldwide. Her paintings are exhibited throughout the country.

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Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Please enjoy this book! I don't know where to start... This book is filled with hope and inspiration. The truthful insight Natalie Goldberg gives on the challenges of the creative process helps me realize that artists all have the same fears. She distills the importance of art to one thing - which is our "need to express ourselves in this transient world. To stop time for a moment. To show how we see and feel before we are gone." I couldn't say it better! In this memoir, I was amazed to learn how fervently she tried to focus on writing by cutting out the "distraction" of painting until she realized how essential non-rational expression was to unlocking her creative writing energy. I have seen this time and again with my friends who can struggle with harnessing their talents and often forget how connected everything is. It is even connected to physical health, which is explained beautifully in Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Since Goldberg allowed herself to reconnect with painting, warm and saturated color has filled her world and subsequently, filled this book. This new, updated book has many new paintings and a new chapter which documents her deeper explorations into abstract art. Reading this book instantly relaxes my mind and inspires me to create. I hope it has a similar effect on you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago