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Introduction
We are all born to create. When we are small, everything seems like a creative adven-
ture. Colors inspire, music moves us, and sensations fill our playful beings. The innate
artist within us loves to come out and express its unique truth.
As we grow and navigate throughout life, however, we find others will sometimes
judge or dissuade, placing doubt into our mind and spirit. Unleashing the creative back
to its origins takes some boldness, some surrender, and a little faith.
And yet, it’s all so accessible and present. We need to begin to make space and
plant seeds so that a beautiful tree can grow. This tree needs to receive nourishment so
that it can slowly branch out under the sun and blossom.
Once our creativity has taken root, we need to find ways to support it and help it
continue to grow and flourish. This can happen in small steps so that we are gradually
moving toward a way of life that feels in harmony with our true selves.
The intent of this book is to give you some building blocks so that you can, over
time, move from dreaming about making art or just making art from time to time, to
making more art, and then to making a living as a working artist.
As we nurture our creative spirit, we should also pay attention to our physical well-
being. When our bodies are in a place of balance and harmony, when our roots are deep
and spreading out wide, our creative work can flourish. Herbal remedies, flower essen-
ces, a balanced diet, and taking time for fresh air help us as we move forward with intent.
Yoga and meditation can keep our minds clear and bodies feeling strong and at ease.
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Interacting with a community of artists brings the support we need
to stay inspired and allows us to share knowledge and resources. Setting
intentions for what we truly want to create in life helps us become better
artists and, ultimately, happier with ourselves. The gift of living an authen-
tic life in glowing health and wholeness is a blessing to always strive for.
In this book, you will find many spaces in which to write and draw. You
can also work hand in hand with a sketchbook or journal. Assemble a pen
and pencil, an eraser, paint, brushes, and whatever other media you like to
use to create. Some materials I have used are Golden liquid acrylics, India
ink, watercolors, gel pens, decorative collage papers, found plant material,
fine art pens, my digital camera, and so forth. I paint on wood panels and
thick watercolor paper, but ultimately you will want to follow your instinct
on how you would like to create.
While you complete the exercises, remember that you are tending to
your own unique muse and child artist within. Experimentation will help
you open up and discover what you love. It’s crucial not to judge your
work or your process along the way.
As you become more creatively in tune, feelings may come up that will
need tending to. All of this is good. There are no mistakes along this path,
only lessons and deepening into understanding that all of this is a gift.
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