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The Blank Canvas

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The Blank Canvas offers solid advice for everyone who struggles with artist's block or other problems of creative expression, including: drawing subject matter from unexpected sources, mining one's daily visual responses for images, overcoming self-doubt and criticism, making choices when torn between several ideas, and getting started on assignments.

Drawing upon demand from the wellspring of creativity is central to being an artist. The help and comfort offered in ...

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The Blank Canvas: Inviting the Muse

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Overview

The Blank Canvas offers solid advice for everyone who struggles with artist's block or other problems of creative expression, including: drawing subject matter from unexpected sources, mining one's daily visual responses for images, overcoming self-doubt and criticism, making choices when torn between several ideas, and getting started on assignments.

Drawing upon demand from the wellspring of creativity is central to being an artist. The help and comfort offered in this book will benefit artists of all kinds who are struggling with creative block or personal expression in the light of limitless choices. 19 halftones.

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"As a painter and an art educator, I found Professor Audette's The Blank Canvas to be both compelling and useful. The writer makes no apologies for honoring the history of art. She supports her views with apt quotations from artists and provides many suggestions that art teachers should find useful. She knows more than anyone I know about how to cope with 'creative dry spells,' and her treatment of the artist's studio should impel anyone to view the private work space with a fresh eye. I loved the book and wish it were twice its modest size."—Al Hurwitz, author of Gifted and Talented in Art

"The Blank Canvas unlocks, unblocks and stimulates the creative mind. Anna Held Audette offers a supermarket of ideas from the history of art, presenting the wisdom of—and anecdotes about—artists from centuries past up to the present day. It is comprehensive, honest, and inclusive, offering comments and views both psychological and intellectual, aesthetic and practical."—Audrey Flack, author of Art and Soul

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877739388
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,400,754
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Held Audette is a painter, printmaker, and photographer with works in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery. She is Professor of Art at Southern Connecticut State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Art from Art 7
2 Other Popular Sources 23
Photographs 23
Copying 29
Finding and Using Sources 32
3 Working 36
The Studio 36
About Work, Talent and Ideas 40
4 Overcoming Difficulties 50
Originality and Style 50
Cardinal Sins and Other Problems 58
You're Still Stuck? 64
5 Getting Started Figuratively 74
6 A Few Final Thoughts 103
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2002

    Worked for me!!

    This little book really helped me overcome the 'blank canvas' syndrome. Just meditating on the writing and following her suggestions really helped me break through and get my paint on the paper!

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