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Creative Freedom

Maggie Price

North Light Books

c/o F+W Media

700 East State Street, Iola WI 54945

9781440320989, $26.99,

CREATIVE FREEDOM: 52 ART IDEAS, PROJECTS AND EXERCISES TO OVERCOME YOUR CREATIVITY BLOCK tells how to get started in art and how to become unstuck. Over fifty strategies for getting out of an artistic rut and trying something new make for a fine guide synthesizing the experiences of over twenty artists who have successfully achieved new freedom and expression. Each approach is illustrated with a step-by-step painting demonstration and teaches the basics of creating outside the box, from painting with your other hand to limiting your palette and achieving abstract results from landscape detail paintings. The result is a recommended exercise guide for any 'stuck' artist and for artists' libraries looking for inspirational guides with concrete exercises.

Mignonette Yin Cheng

Marvin Eisenberg,

Hudson Hills Press

3556 Main Street, Manchester, VT 05254

9781555953577, $60.00,

Mignonette Yin Cheng's works have been widely displayed and presented in numerous private and public collections, so it's a pleasure to see a catalog devoted entirely to her works. Her watercolors and art combines Eastern and Western perspectives in an array of themes and subjects, with oil and collages complimenting her watercolors. She passed away in 2009 but her work lives on and continues to gain recognition, and this catalog belongs in the collection of any serious art library, offering large-size color photos capturing the range and extent of her talents.

Flowers in Art

Cindy Ann Coldiron

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

4880 Lower Valley Road

Atglen, PA 19310

9780764342394, $29.99,

FLOWERS IN ART: CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS provides a lively collection of floral artists and designers - some fifty - around the world, and includes photography, botanical drawings, glass and wood work, and all kinds of mediums. Any who love flowers or flower art will find this packed with striking images - and even better, with in-dept commentary from each flower artist on how they perceive, create and enjoy flower art. From artistic vision to emotional responses, this surveys all aspects of the inspiration and creation process and serves as a fine guide for any working with flower art pieces, appreciating the range of flower art being produced today, or planning an interior design featuring flower art pieces.

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

4880 Lower Valley Road

Atglen, PA 19310

Vine Hemingson's THE TATTOO PROJECT: BODY. ART. IMAGE (9780764342455, $45.00) provides the final results of works by some 11 art photographers who shot portraits of some 100 heavily tattooed individuals. Photographer Vince Hemingson fostered the event which placed models and photographers in a workshop for a multiple-day shoot that produced thousands of photos: this packs in over 200 images and provides an amazing variety of tattoo art - but also profiles different photographer perspectives in capturing this art. The result is a powerful survey that will interest a wide variety of collections, from tattoo art libraries to those interested in photographic art and tattoo subjects. Chris Coppola and Frederic Claquin's TATTOOISME (9780764342981, $39.99) gathers the works of nearly forty internationally acclaimed tattoo artists under one cover, discusses their devotion to an art and styles which move beyond traditional boundaries, and packs in well over three hundred images of tattoo art. It's packed with inspiration and includes portraits of the artists themselves, and is a solid pick for any definitive tattoo art collection.
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Date:May 1, 2013
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