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The Art ~ Mind ~ Spirit Connection

"Self-discovery", "self-awareness", "self-actualization", "enlightenment", "centering" -- these are terms describing some artists' experiences when they work. Inner peace and fulfillment are sometimes the fruits of, and sometimes the requirement for, practicing an art. Some would say that a certain amount of inner stillness is needed before one can begin. This list identifies some books which offer insights into the creative process of spiritual awareness, self-discovery and centering through drawing and painting. It is not concerned with the techniques of rendering. Some of the books may merely be the author's musings about this very personal and intimate aspect of the creation of art. (There is no specific area in the library for these kinds of books because the catalogers at the Library of Congress have not yet assigned a classification devoted to this.) You might find other titles by browsing the shelves next to these books.

Blank Canvas: Inviting the Muse Audette, Anna Held
Blank Canvas: Inviting the Muse
N71 .A93 1993
Move Closer Armstrong, John
Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy of Art
N7477.A75 2000
Everyday Work of Art Booth, Eric
Everyday Work of Art: How Artistic Experience Can Transform Your Life
N71.B66 1997
Brinker, Helmut
Zen in the Art of Painting
ND197.B713 1987
Artist's Way Cameron, Julia
Artist's Way: a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
BF 408 .C175 1992
Zen of Creative Painting Carbonetti, Jeanne
Zen of Creative Painting: an Elegant Design for Revealing Your Muse
ND1473.C37 1998
Life, Paint, and Passion Cassou, Michell
Life, Paint, and Passion: reclaiming the magic of spontaneous expression
ND1500.C36 1995
Artist Inside Crockett, Thomas W.
Artist Inside: A Spiritual Guide to Cultivating Your Creative Self
N71.C758 2000
Dissanayake, Ellen
Art and Intimacy: how the arts began
NX 180. S6 D58 2000
Edwards, Betty
Drawing on the Artist Within: a guide to innovation, invention, imagination, and creativity
NC730 .E33 1986
Drawing on the Artist Within an inspirational and practical guide Edwards, Betty
Drawing on the Artist Within: an inspirational and practical guide to increasing your creative powers
BF408.E38 1987
The New drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Edwards, Betty
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
NC730.E34 1999
Franck, Frederick
Awakened Eye: a companion volume to The Zen of seeing: seeing drawing as meditation
q NC139.F72 A4 1979b
Franck, Frederick
Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation
q NC 139 .F72 A58 1973
Painting from the Source Gold, Aviva
Painting from the Source: Awakening the Artist's Soul in Everyone
ND1500.G59 1998
Holman, Karlyn
Searching for the Artist Within
q ND2420.H64 2002x

Trust the Process McNiff, Shaun
Trust the Process: an artist's guide to letting go
N71.M35 1998
Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom Song, Boren
Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom
ND1049.S795 A4 1995