Making Art a Practice—It’s Here!

by Cat B on July 3, 2013

My new book, Making Art a Practice / How to Be the Artist You Are, will be officially released August 1rst in the US! I’m especially excited as it has art by 20 fantastic artists— Aparna Agrawal, Ky Anderson, Mo Cook, Katrien de Blauwer, Laura Douglass, Vivienne Flesher, Sarajo Frieden, Douglas Kornfeld, Margarita Mascaro, Christine Mauersberger, Paula Ogier, Stoney Parsons, Susy Pilgrim Waters, Heidi Pollard, Cinzia Ruggieri, Anthony Russo, Ward Schumaker, Maggie Stern, Gala Vanson, Kate Wilson and Sally Young. Findhorn Press based in Scotland is again my wonderful publisher and I got to see a sneak preview of the book when I was visiting England last month. It looks great, special thanks to the artists!

My first book, The Confident Creative /Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind, showed how drawing can be a way to connect with our true creative selves when practiced with awareness. Knowing how to connect allows us to open to the inspiration we need when making art. But once we begin to gather skills and make art, how do we sustain and nurture ourselves as artists? The new book explores art as a practice like yoga, one in which we commit to showing up on a regular basis, to exploring freely with awareness and to going to the edge of our abilities to find ourselves. The book offers 30 practices to invigorate our art making. Some are practical such as drawing, painting, trying new materials, and keeping an art journal. And some are more perceptive such as looking within, working with inspiration and using discernment. They are all designed to keep us moving forward as artists into our true purpose and creative vitality.

I’ll be posting more about the book and the artists. Thanks for visiting. I welcome your comments!

The book will soon be in bookstores but you can buy it now on Amazon.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anny July 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

So pleased to see the book is ready – I’ve just placed my order and am really looking forward to reading it. Congratulations x

Cat B July 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Hi Anny! So nice to hear from you! Thanks so much! I hope you like it! Catxx

maggie Terris July 12, 2013 at 3:27 am

yahoooooooo. I’m going to order 10 books RIGHT NOW!!!! xoxoxo

Cat B July 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thank you, Maggie!!!! Can’t wait for everyone to see your fabulous art in the book!!! xoxo

Christine July 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Cat, I am thrilled and have read 1/2 way through. After each paragraph, I find myself saying YES!

Cat B July 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi Chris! That’s so great! Thank you!!! Everyone is commenting on and loving your amazing work in the book!!! The words would be nothing without the great art! You are a wonderful inspiration! xxx

heARTteacher August 16, 2013 at 3:43 am

I just purchased this book today. As a middle school art teacher, I’m always in need of a little inspiration:) Looking forward to diving into this this weekend! I love ‘The Confident Creative’, so I’m sure I’ll love this one too…

Cat B August 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thanks, Crystal! Hope it gives you some good ideas!

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