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

Please enjoy this book!

19 people found this helpful.
 on March 20, 2014
By Margaret Thompson
I don’t know where to start… This book is filled with hope and inspiration. The truthful insight Natalie Goldberg gives on the challenges of the creative process helps me realize that artists all have the same fears. She distills the importance of art to one thing – which is our “need to express ourselves in this transient world. To stop time for a moment. To show how we see and feel before we are gone.” I couldn’t say it better!

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.

Just what I was looking for

10 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.

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

5 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.

Natalie Goldberg is like the friend who tells you there is spinach in …

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2014
By Jacqueline Moss
Natalie Goldberg is like the friend who tells you there is spinach in your teeth. She tells it like it is for the sake of beauty. I have read most of her books. She is funny, honest and inspiring. She could coax the mice out of the mice hole and your paintings and writings out of you.

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.

UPLIFTING!

2 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.

I would recommend the book for anyone who fits within the wide-ranging …

 on August 17, 2015
By Lynn
This book is well worth its’ cost. Each chapter is only a few pages long. The easy-to-read style, along with the lovely illustrations, make this book one for any artist’s bookshelf! I would recommend the book for anyone who fits within the wide-ranging field of ‘art’, from fine art through to music and writing. Each chapter ends on one or two challenges. It is impossible to work through this book with an open mind and not grow as an artist in the process. Non-artists would also find this book a fun read as Natalie opens up an art appreciation through her writing and experiences. They may be even inspired to ‘dabble’ into art themselves as an amateur. I am now left wanting to read more of Natalie’s books. 🙂

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.

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