Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

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From fill-in art journals to self-help books on creativity, more than ever the public is striving to bring artistic enlightenment into their everyday lives. In Living Color, one of the country’s most celebrated writers expounds on her own path to artistic inspiration. Tailored to a new generation of aspiring creatives, this revised and expanded edition pairs 13 of Goldberg’s engaging and encouraging essays with 75 of her paintings and 22 never-before-shared artistic exercises. This timely re-publication will speak straight to the heart of readers everywhere who want to break down creative barriers or explore their creativity anew.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617690848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617690846
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Equal to Ms. Goldberg’s previous books

11 people found this helpful.
 on April 26, 2014
By Mary Raihofer
When I read Natalie’s “Writing to the Bones” it was at a time I was writing poetry and simultaneously was taking some water color classes. When I saw she had written “Living Color” I thought what a jump – from writing to painting. I sense that she would do credit to her work and I must say, I was not disappointed. She paints the way most of us would like to paint; bold, colorful and with a freedom that is refreshing. If I had seen pictures of her work without benefit of her book I probably would have scanned right over them. But she guides us through her work with her superb narrative and provides us with an understanding of her symbolism. She helps you get over the notion of perfection and encourages you to look at things through your “eye.” Color, vibrancy and joy abound. Truly delightful.

still among the best… get it you won’t regret it

7 people found this helpful.
 on August 1, 2014
By jordiw
I own both this and the previous version they are both among my most referred to painting books. When you are in a slump or feeling blocked nothing solves it faster than having Natalie’s voice in your ear encouraging you to just keep going. I love the way she links words and imagery. This is a great iteration of the original not just a reprint.

Just what I was looking for

11 people found this helpful.
 on April 14, 2014
By Jennie
I have a passion for writing and painting and found it difficult to combine these two. A few times a year I give retreats in writing or painting. This book helped immensely helped me to combine these two.

A Winner!

 on April 30, 2017
By mourning dove
I was looking for a jump start to get back to art making, and this was it. Interesting reading, inspiring color paintings, and fun lessons to practice. I realized after I ordered it that I’d bought the original edition years ago. But honestly, I only recognized one or two paintings, and the text seems new to me. A winner!


3 people found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2015
By C.S.
An absolutely delightful book–the only book I haven’t wanted to scribble in! I’ve already recommended it to several friends, most of whom already knew the author. I love the stories Goldberg “paints” and the freedom she promotes. I wish SHE had been my Art professor!!

Inspiring Writer and Painter

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 22, 2014
By Candace
Natalie Goldberg is an inspiration. I am interested in writers who paint. This book has suggestions for artistic exercises. It’s the kind of book I’ll read and reread.

There is nothing she does that I do not like, but this one touched me deeply

 on May 29, 2016
By Barbara A. Parcells
I have been a fan of Natalie Goldberg and her work for 30 years. There is nothing she does that I do not like, but this one touched me deeply. For all these years she has painted in words for me, and now I get to see the world through her eyes. It is just as wonderful as I imagined.

Loved it !

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 13, 2014
By madison duveau
I love the story of the authors life and how her creativeity came about. The book is filled with her inspiring art.

Her paintings are awesome.

 on June 25, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Very inspiring book, for both the budding writer and painter. Lots of exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Her paintings are awesome.

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