The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path

The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path

by Karen Kinney
The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path

The Reluctant Artist: Navigating and Sustaining a Creative Path

by Karen Kinney


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The Reluctant Artist is an excellent guidebook for developing, nurturing, and sustaining your creativity, and will remind you of the intrinsic worth of each creative act.

"This groundbreaking book gives permission to every artist to honor the creative space of their self-expression. Bravo to Karen for providing the reasons for us all to dive in and find the deeper meaning in our lives and in the joy of self-expression!" -Mary Campagna, visual artist, life coach, author of A Guide to Healing

Karen Kinney has taken insights, observations, and learning gleaned from more than fifteen years working as a professional artist and compiled them into a book to equip and encourage all who are on a creative path. Both for those firmly established in a career and those just starting out, she reminds us of the value of creative expression and provides important keys to aid in its development.

Addressing aspects of the creative life not frequently acknowledged, The Reluctant Artist affirms that creativity thrives best in an outside-the-box environment and that value for what we do as artists must be intrinsic, first and foremost. Experiencing reluctance at points along the way merely acknowledges that challenges are par for the course when pursuing a dream of any kind. True success in the arts could be summed up by a simple refusal to give up - our part is to be faithful, to return and try again.

Whether you are an artist yourself, or have creative inklings somewhere inside that have yet to be expressed, The Reluctant Artist offers guidance and inspiration that will leave you feeling empowered and freshly motivated to release your creativity into the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998939506
Publisher: Winged Bird Press
Publication date: 07/27/2017
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Karen Kinney is a professional artist whose work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. In addition to her installation and mixed media work, she is also an advocate of public art and beautifies communities through mural painting. She has a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Learn more at Follow @karen_e_kinney on Twitter and Instagram.

Table of Contents


1 The Idea of Becoming

2 The Value of Art in Society

3 Creative Work and Its Distinctiveness

4 Allowing Your Truest Self to Come Forth

5 Freedom and Keeping an Open Mind

6 Encouragement

7 Being Misunderstood

8 Creating When You Don't Feel Like It

9 Commerce

10 The Ebb and Flow

11 Spirituality and Art

12 Listening and Being Comfortable With the Unknown

13 Replenishing the Well

14 Remembering That Artists Are Changemakers

15 Redemption in Life Calling

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