Maybe it’s because of a painting’s rich palette, or the pattern of its brushstrokes, or the peace of a landscape view, but our response to art is often one of calm. Art can create a focal point for thought, inspire feelings of well-being, foster compelling conversations, and inspire us to create something ourselves. This book, part oasis, part journey, is a guide to getting there.

When we were young, creativity came naturally to us, arising from our curiosity, our sense of discovery, and our readiness to make things without knowing or caring what the end result would be. “Look what I made!” was always a joyful announcement, buoyed by a warm sense of accomplishment.

Many of us lose touch with that spontaneous drive as we get older. ...

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