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Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist is a multi-faceted book where creativity and wonder intermingle to show how to live a creative and balanced life while moving toward your goals. You’ll find ideas for keeping your creative well full, an illustrated guide to healing herbs and plants, Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist is a multi-faceted book where creativity and wonder intermingle to show how to live a creative and balanced life while moving toward your goals. You’ll find ideas for keeping your creative well full, an illustrated guide to healing herbs and plants, basic yoga poses and breathing exercises, and tips for moving your artistic career forward. Alena Hennessy's illustration style combines nature, whimsey, delicacy, and a modern sensibility; vibrant pen and ink illustrations accompany relevant quotes ofinspiration, tips, and creative journal exercises. Cultivating Your Creative Life is not only an interactive creativity guide; it is a work of art, in itself—a beautiful, collectible volume—to save and to savor, or to give as a gift to the special creative person in your life.


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Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist is a multi-faceted book where creativity and wonder intermingle to show how to live a creative and balanced life while moving toward your goals. You’ll find ideas for keeping your creative well full, an illustrated guide to healing herbs and plants, Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist is a multi-faceted book where creativity and wonder intermingle to show how to live a creative and balanced life while moving toward your goals. You’ll find ideas for keeping your creative well full, an illustrated guide to healing herbs and plants, basic yoga poses and breathing exercises, and tips for moving your artistic career forward. Alena Hennessy's illustration style combines nature, whimsey, delicacy, and a modern sensibility; vibrant pen and ink illustrations accompany relevant quotes ofinspiration, tips, and creative journal exercises. Cultivating Your Creative Life is not only an interactive creativity guide; it is a work of art, in itself—a beautiful, collectible volume—to save and to savor, or to give as a gift to the special creative person in your life.

30 review for Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities & Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty & Success as an Artist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    Please excuse me while I put my head under this pillow and scream *muffled sounds* It's me. It's totally me. Completely me. Not the author's fault. At all. But this book is fingernails down a fucking blackboard to me. I fucking hate the tone of smug, privileged¹ fakewonder. I loathe and detest beyond words the belief system in which "the universe responds to effort made" (p. 42). Chapter 8, which teaches the reader to "vibrate energetically in states of peace and acceptance," made me want to douse t Please excuse me while I put my head under this pillow and scream *muffled sounds* It's me. It's totally me. Completely me. Not the author's fault. At all. But this book is fingernails down a fucking blackboard to me. I fucking hate the tone of smug, privileged¹ fakewonder. I loathe and detest beyond words the belief system in which "the universe responds to effort made" (p. 42). Chapter 8, which teaches the reader to "vibrate energetically in states of peace and acceptance," made me want to douse this sucker with lighter fluid and flick a match at it. Please someone take this book away from me before I hurt something. ¹ "every morning after I get out of bed, I like to make a cup of green tea with honey - hot or iced, depending on the season. I then take my dog out for a short walk and sit on a park bench with my cup of tea. Slowly I begin to wake up as I watch my dog play. The surrounding sounds of morning traffic combined with birdsong gradually heighten my senses and get me going . . . I will practice yoga and catch up on my phone calls at home." (p. 55, 57).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lela Williams

    This book is totally gorgeous. I love the quotes, poetry, tiny and full illustrations that seem to fill its every corner. Its a total and spiritual work of art. I really have been enjoying reading Alena's words too, what a special and delightful soul. The exercises, tips, and suggestions for life are totally motivating and gets me all juiced up to get working on my own life, in a way thats authentic for me. I'm so ready to release self-doubt and to be true to my own dreams and aspirations, so I This book is totally gorgeous. I love the quotes, poetry, tiny and full illustrations that seem to fill its every corner. Its a total and spiritual work of art. I really have been enjoying reading Alena's words too, what a special and delightful soul. The exercises, tips, and suggestions for life are totally motivating and gets me all juiced up to get working on my own life, in a way thats authentic for me. I'm so ready to release self-doubt and to be true to my own dreams and aspirations, so I love that she shares ways on how to manifest what you are longing for in your life. I also adore the herbal chapter and ways to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Its such a unique work, I have not seen anything like it out there. I feel that this book is one to come back to over and over again, a treasure to keep and give to loved ones who need some reminding of just how important they are. In fact I know a few people in my life who could really benefit from it. Honestly I think anyone would get something about of this book. Its that special. Thank you Alena Hennessy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds

    There is no shortage of art instruction out there. Let's face it, the internet is peppered with videos and websites by artists and for artists. I've seen a great many of these and I can tell you, this book is different. Just holding the book in my hands and flipping through the pages gives me a great big dose of creative courage. I love the open, honest art that Alena creates and I am so grateful that she is brave enough to share her soul with the world. Each chapter is a wonderful blend of the There is no shortage of art instruction out there. Let's face it, the internet is peppered with videos and websites by artists and for artists. I've seen a great many of these and I can tell you, this book is different. Just holding the book in my hands and flipping through the pages gives me a great big dose of creative courage. I love the open, honest art that Alena creates and I am so grateful that she is brave enough to share her soul with the world. Each chapter is a wonderful blend of the practical, whimsical, and magical. I love that it's packed with boots-to-the-ground actions that one can take to make art. I don't mean thinking about art, talking about art, or wishing to make art, but actually painting, gluing, and creating. What an inspiration! It's also gentle and healing - something I suspect we could all use a little more of in our creative lives. I've read the whole thing (twice) but I'm still working my way through each of the activities because I'm newly inundated with ideas each time I open it. Well worth the purchase price.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rift Vegan

    I liked the artwork, lots of trees and birds, but I didn't particularly like the style. As for the text, eh. Just not impressed or inspired. I liked the artwork, lots of trees and birds, but I didn't particularly like the style. As for the text, eh. Just not impressed or inspired.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Am Y

    Seemed ok until the author started advocating the use of homeopathy to solve a variety of health problems. I get that the concept may seem attractive to artists or artist-wannabes because it's a new age, alternative form of treatment that might appeal to boho, hippie or romantic types who're into woo, but really, there not only is absolutely not one ounce of scientific proof that homeopathy works, but the entire concept of homeopathy is itself as laughable and nonsensical as can be. I don't thin Seemed ok until the author started advocating the use of homeopathy to solve a variety of health problems. I get that the concept may seem attractive to artists or artist-wannabes because it's a new age, alternative form of treatment that might appeal to boho, hippie or romantic types who're into woo, but really, there not only is absolutely not one ounce of scientific proof that homeopathy works, but the entire concept of homeopathy is itself as laughable and nonsensical as can be. I don't think that being an artist automatically means you have to leave science and logic behind completely and embrace ridiculous (and potentially harmful) ideas. It doesn't work that way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Girard

    So inspirational and helpful!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    This book is a fun way to dip into bite-sized inspiration.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Not only for aspiring artists. Although I didn't read it all the way through I found the journaling exercises very fun and introspective. Not only for aspiring artists. Although I didn't read it all the way through I found the journaling exercises very fun and introspective.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Reading her second book first, I was hoping this book would contain more text. It does... but it's not what I hoped for. Same like the Painting Workbook, there are a lot of pages filled with art (I must say I like the art in her second book way more), there are even pages filled with just backgrounds and quotes (what I honestly see as 'page fillers'). I did like all the prompts! But the other book inspired me more so I could only give this a 3 stars. If you wish to learn more about her technique Reading her second book first, I was hoping this book would contain more text. It does... but it's not what I hoped for. Same like the Painting Workbook, there are a lot of pages filled with art (I must say I like the art in her second book way more), there are even pages filled with just backgrounds and quotes (what I honestly see as 'page fillers'). I did like all the prompts! But the other book inspired me more so I could only give this a 3 stars. If you wish to learn more about her techniques, you won't find it in these books... I suggest you take one of her courses or (what I did) follow a course where she's a guest teacher.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shamrockchitlins

    I first noticed this book in an art and craft magazine, the editor had given in a nice review. Then funny enough I saw it on a friend's coffee table and after just glancing through it, I went and purchased it myself. It is beautifully illustrated, full of tips and inspiration. The chapter on 'Weeding' motivated me to get start dabbling in my sketchbook and watercolors again. I found her words comforting and wise and I loved the areas in which you could draw and write within the book itself. This I first noticed this book in an art and craft magazine, the editor had given in a nice review. Then funny enough I saw it on a friend's coffee table and after just glancing through it, I went and purchased it myself. It is beautifully illustrated, full of tips and inspiration. The chapter on 'Weeding' motivated me to get start dabbling in my sketchbook and watercolors again. I found her words comforting and wise and I loved the areas in which you could draw and write within the book itself. This book just makes you feel good. I feel this book would make a lovely gift for a budding or aspiring artist, or anyone longing for more creative outlets in their life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Usagi

    The pictures/art pieces and the quotes make this book. It's an enjoyable, light read for anyone looking for some random creative inspiration, or those looking for insight into one artist's creative motivations and practice. The little interactive bits would probably be great for those looking to explore their own creative leanings or even gratitude planners and creative resolutionists. The pictures/art pieces and the quotes make this book. It's an enjoyable, light read for anyone looking for some random creative inspiration, or those looking for insight into one artist's creative motivations and practice. The little interactive bits would probably be great for those looking to explore their own creative leanings or even gratitude planners and creative resolutionists.

  12. 4 out of 5

    FadeAwayandRadiate

    Disappointment. Frail. Lackluster. I like her but not this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erik Zippa

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie Payne

  17. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Siano

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen Becker

  19. 4 out of 5

    Megan Taylor

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Montgomery

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tacy Beck

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hennessy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Fontenot Studio

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  30. 5 out of 5

    crystal l machia

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