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The New Creative Artist [Spiral-bound]

Nita Leland
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Book Description

July 17 2006
Play, Experiment and Discover the Creative Artist within!

Choose to be creative! Artist and teacher Nita Leland believes that creativity lives in everyone, from the novice artist to the professional. Develop and strengthen your natural curiosity, flexibility, independence and playfulness, and become the artist you want to be. Inside this updated and expanded edition of Nita's bestselling The Creative Artist are over 110 fun activities to exercise your creative muscle:

  • Explore what drives you by creating an autobiographical collage
  • Jot down ideas for projects and techniques and place them in a jar for random retrieval when you need a jumpstart
  • Target "dull" subjects and find ways to make them interesting
  • Push your creative boundaries by trying new methods and media: paper crafts, Japanese brush painting, creative quilting, inventive photography, grown-up finger painting, monotype and more
Nita's exciting, enlightening instruction - plus inspiring art from 100 other fine artists and crafters in every medium - will coach you to creative success!

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! March 10 2009
I love this book. It's full of great ideas that are very inspirational. And even if you never do any of them - it's still a joy to flip through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Escape Sept. 2 2008
By Corinne
Even when I don't have time to pull out the paints and get a little messy, this book feeds my creative soul. I usually end up inspired to do a little sketching at the very least. The book is filled with useful tips. It's like sitting at the elbow of a talented artist and hearing the collective wisdom of those that she has spent time with. The variety of projects presented invite you to indulge in whatever appeals to you and experiment with something new.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Ideas for artist April 21 2013
By mado
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Very great for inspiration and easy to read. Original and creative. I enjoy it very much. You have to have a bite of knowledge of art before to use it.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great aid to overcoming "Artist's Block" Aug. 18 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Creative Artist will stir your creativity! Aug. 1 2006
By Joan Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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


Joan Crawford Barnes

"Inspired by Color"

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Email: jbarnes209@woh.rr.com
58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" book for everyone July 25 2006
By Judy Galford - Published on Amazon.com
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.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore your creative zone Nov. 3 2006
By Janet H. Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book by Leland Jan. 30 2007
By Karen Bedard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
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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