Art Saves: Stories, Inspiration and Prompts Sharing the Power of Art
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Inside Art Saves, experience the stories of 20 artists who found that artistic expression and the artistic process is worth living for. Whether you are a calligraphy/graffiti artist like Lisa Engelbrecht, a metal artist like Michael DeMeng, or digital collage artist like Susan Tuttle, art has a way of giving you beauty, meaning, spiritual richness, community... even salvation.
The stories in this book come from every medium, because the power of the creative process can be found everywhere.
- Drew Emborsky, a crochet artist, provides comfort through his creations by donating his work to hospitals and shelters.
- Rebecca Sower puts craft materials—and hope—into the hands of Haitian women through Haiti By Hand.
- Marie French who, through art, creates personal miracles of healing.
- Suzi Blu, who discovered the real, therapeutic effect of art-making, shows you many simple, effective ways you can give back.
INSIDE ART SAVES, YOU'LL ALSO FIND:
- Mixed media techniques and projects. Throughout the book you'll find practical ideas to put you on the art-making path. Karen Michel shares instructions on creating prayer flags, Lynn Whipple shows you how to construct a permission plaque, Susannah Conway gives advice on revealing the soul of a place though inspired photography.
- Inspired Lessons. Each artist lists the lessons they have learned about living life artfully.
- "When the Going Gets Tough..." Sidebars suggest ways you can remain strong, even when things get challenging. Hear how different artists deal with difficulty head-on.
- "In the artist's own words..." Advice and wisdom shared directly from each artist to you. The act of art-making is an act of life. So thread a needle, lift a paintbrush, put pencil to paper, focus the camera—find salvation.
in the moment. They’ve also helped Sarah discover the joy of giving a second chance to cast-off art materials, which she transforms into objects of sheer beauty. INSPIRED LESSONS Art is contagious. Once someone has been equipped with the confidence and skills to make art, they can’t keep it to themselves. If you spend time teaching someone basic art techniques, they’ll soon start sharing that gift with others. Sarah actively volunteers at youth programs by teaching art classes, and she has
class only took one day of my time, but it meant the difference between life and death to the dogs that were directly helped by my contribution. JUST 24 HOURS Imagine how much good we could do if everyone spent one day, just 24 hours per year, working toward a cause. When you give, you become larger than you are, and you change the world. Many of Suzi’s paintings are of pretty girls who she describes as “having been through the wringer.” They are works that have helped Suzi work
Pay It Forward Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH SAYS KELLY RAE ROBERTS: “WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH NEED TO REST, NURTURE, BE SURROUNDED BY GOOD PEOPLE, AND KNOW THAT EVEN IN SADNESS AND STRUGGLE, THERE IS BEAUTY.” SEEING THE POSSIBILITIES Her bright and colorful, collage-inspired artwork has
different shades of colored pencils (figure 5). 7. Use wire cutters to cut a 24-inch (61cm) piece of tie wire and feed it through one of the holes and then twist along the way and secure at the other hole (figure 6). Twist excess wire around a pencil to form curlicues (figure 7). 8. For a different effect, try using a small branch in conjunction with the tie wire to create a hanger (figure 8). Jette Clover: Constant Creator Being the best at what you do takes practice … just ask Jette
of basic marks and symbols that correlate to the various emotions you feel on a regular basis. Try doodling along with television shows. Create marks inspired by films, music, or art pieces, and then f ind ways to incorporate the resulting shapes into your art. Karen Michel: Revolutionary Juggling family responsibilities, professional success, and a drive to create takes immense strength and focus, but how do you keep that balance when you throw running a popular community art center