Empower Their Unique Purpose
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The Unstoppable Artist: Discovering the Artist Inside Yourself is a step-bystep guide to help artists reconnect with their passion for art and create art that speaks to their souls. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I was an art instructor for over 30 years. Students would ask me for specific ways that they thought I could help them, and to the best of my ability, I did. After a while, it became apparent to me that what many of them were really asking for, was to achieve the feeling inside that they really were an artist, not an imposter.
After looking at other art instruction books, I felt that the artist could be better served by empowering inspiration and motivation before expecting the student to spend the time required for skill development.
My message is holistic and/or alchemical because achieving a high level of personal creativity is the result of a vision that their life is a weaving of many elements which combined contain the potentiality to empower their unique purpose.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
I really believe that a fresh start with a new direction is possible for any artist who feels that they have reached their peak or have become frustrated with trying and failing to achieve a perceived success.
I am passionate about inspiring beginning artists to see themselves as potential super-heroes, using their talents to change the world.
I hope to encourage artists to explore the variety of ways which their myriad of talents can be combined, so that they can have alternate streams of income.
Fears and anxiety are normal for all people, but for the artist who has such potential beyond themselves, it is critically important to recognize that their creative blocks can be looked at honestly and then released.
I hope to encourage multiple skillset exploration because just like the inside matrix, artistic development benefits from thinking alchemically.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
That even if I didn’t go to college, I could still be an equally valuable and valid artist. I was handicapped by a messaging of traditional educational hierarchy, which was impossible for me to achieve. Even now, I notice and fight my tendency to compare myself less favorably than those artists with higher education and degrees. It’s the old excuses, the “Yah-But’s” that still occasionally make their presence felt, that prevented me from fully developing my artistic self much earlier in life.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
I would love to inspire readers to see and feel the depth of their creative potential; to recognize that their unique creative skills woven together with their highest aspirations can become an unstoppable empowering force to affect change in the world.
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The Unstoppable Artist
Posted by Literary Titan
The Unstoppable Artist by Barbara L. McCulloch is a detailed guide that will help readers find purpose, meaning and creativity in their art. The author discusses how many artists get stuck creating “art” for money. Being an experienced successful artist, she explains how to make art speak to your soul while still making money. She puts her readers through a series of exercises that will help them discover their own signature style using an artist medium they are most comfortable working with. By creating a unique style, it will speak to an audience that is willing to buy their pieces and add meaning to their life.
The author does a great job of assigning projects that give artists a way to free themselves of the struggles of making art and just focus on the joy of creating pieces that speak to one’s soul. She does this through the use of projects which teach practical techniques on how to work with various mediums as well as discusses the proper tools to have to create the best art one can, therefore creating art that appeals to an audience.
This is a fantastic resource for artists. I would’ve liked a little more elaboration on how to sell my art as what was given was useful and I thought a bit more information would help me understand better. I enjoyed the various projects that it offered because I felt like every bit of it was designed to inspire creativity. I certainly walked away from this book feeling like I was a better artist.
The author’s passion for art shines throughout the book, which I expected, but I didn’t expect to also feel how passionate the author was about educating others, which was key to me fully embracing the lessons. The Unstoppable Artist is a critical resource for budding artists, or anyone looking to develop their skills and take them to the next level.
Pages: 179 | ASIN: B0B62XQYYT
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