To Be Human is to Be Creative
"There’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear." -- Dr. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Learn by Doing
Practicing art is intimidating if you believe that creativity is reserved for those born with innate talent. I should know - I believed it for many years.
I admired and envied artists, wishing desperately to know the satisfaction of making beautiful things. But each time I tried my own hand, I saw my unpolished work as proof that I could never be artistic.
Only after interacting with over 100 artists did I begin to suspect that art might just be a skill that anyone can learn.Start With Your Signature
I bought this book with the intention of improving my signature, which I absolutely accomplished, but I was thrilled when it reshaped my attitude and relationship with art!
This book is exactly what you'd expect in only one way: your signature will drastically improve if you follow the instructions. In every other way, the book is significantly more fun and insightful than the average "learn how to X" guide.
The author's advice anticipates even the most harsh inner critic and supports your doubts or objections with insight and empathy as she encourages you along...