YEAH! My Newest Book is Launched!

My life has been crazy busy over the past few months, so this book has taken longer than usual to finish. For me, the most difficult part of writing a book is declaring it finished. The temptation to check everything one last time is addictive. However, there comes a point where I just have to let it go! :o)

Drawing on Your Brain (Second Edition)

10 Week Drawing Course-in-a-Book

Strengthen your visual intelligence, creativity, memory, and drawing skills with richly-illustrated activities and exercises. This workbook also includes current and insightful research that helps demystify the amazing relationship between drawing and your brain.

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Love and hugs to my partner John (Percy) and editors Giselle Melanson Tattrie and Cailin Green for making this book a reality. :o)

Free Your Creativity by Making Art!

Creativity is inherent in everyone! To doubt your natural abilities is to deny yourself the joy of making art.

Think Outside the Box – Anything Goes!

You can use a variety of mediums to explore and expand your creative thinking through a wide range of enjoyable visual art styles and techniques.

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8.4.R2: What Made You Think of That? (by Cailin Green)

Beginner to Intermediate: Feeding your creative mind to find artistic inspiration anywhere and everywhere

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8.4.A3: Paint With Craft Tissue Paper (by Cailin Green)

Beginner to Intermediate: Use craft tissue paper to create a fun and colorful image

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8.4.A4: Create with Yarn and Poured Paint (by Cailin Green)

Beginner to Intermediate: Use yarn and poured paint to create a vibrant folk-art style painting

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My dear friend, Cailin, is an extraordinary artist, musician and author. 

Explore the Art of Self Discovery!

Express Yourself through Art Therapist Judith Campanaro!

My dear friend, Judith, gently provides guidance for an inspirational journey toward self-empowerment through creative expression.

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Art therapy is a unique experience based on using the medium of art as an instrument of change. Rather than learning conventional techniques and modalities, art therapy approaches the medium in a natural experiential way.

Here’s four of the 46 lessons authored by Judith on my website:

Introduction to Art Therapy (5.3.R1 – 10 Pages and 7 Illustrations)

Understanding art therapy and how creating art enables you to enhance your well-being

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Exercises to Build Confidence (5.3.A6 – 8 Pages and 13 Illustrations)

Gift yourself with enlightening activities to help enhance your personal growth, physical well-being, and self-esteem

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Exploring the Art of Self Discovery (5.3.R2 – 8 Pages and 7 Illustrations)

Embracing the powers of clarity and choice as instruments for enriching personal growth

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Voyage of Discovery (5.3.A8 – 2 Pages and 4 Illustrations)

Create a contour drawing with glue, add bright colors with watercolor paints, and outline shapes with a black marker

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Understanding Talent Part 1

Insights into myths about art and artists

Thankfully, nobody ever told me I couldn’t draw.

As an introverted child, I was oblivious to the meaning of the word “talent”. Drawing entertained me for hours and provided me with something everybody needs – a sense of being special. The respect and praise of a friend, relative, or teacher gave me a boost of self-confidence and increased my yearning to improve my drawing skills. However, growing up in the small town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, it was sometimes difficult to access the information necessary to improve these skills.

The small public library became a serendipitous haven. I spent many hours devouring everything I could find about art – from children’s picture books, to encyclopedias with photographs of art by the Great Masters. I was rarely without inspiration or subject material for drawing.

My greatest love was drawing faces. I thrived on the challenge of being able to draw likenesses of friends and celebrities. This early interest in faces ultimately brought me beyond the frustrations of self-education into a very rewarding and diverse career in art.

By the time I discovered that many people believe “drawing” is very difficult or requires a special talent, I was already well on my way to becoming a technically skilled artist.

A drawing I created at age 15 (approximately)

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In 1993 I rendered this detailed drawing of a dagger from a photograph. Contrasting values identify its forms, textures and patterns according to the light and dark values created by the dominant light source.

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