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Creative Freedom

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Paint outside the lines!

Jumpstart your creativity and inject new life into your art.

Struggling to get started? Paralyzed by the fear of failure? Find yourself falling back on the same colors again and again? Just plain stuck? It happens to every artist sooner or later. What can you do to get unstuck quickly and painlessly?

Creative Freedom presents 52 strategies for getting out of ruts and venturing beyond your comfort zone, courtesy of 25 artists who have been there, done that. Each approach is illustrated with a step-by-step painting demonstration. Together, they help you experiment with different mediums, new color combinations, fresh approaches to favorite subjects, and more. Try one a week for a year of creative adventure. Or dip in whenever you're feeling inspired.

You may be surprised at the creative liberation that comes from...

  • Painting with your other hand.
  • Going big with your canvas and brushes.
  • Painting fast with 10-minute studies.
  • Limiting your palette.
  • Starting with a random line drawing or custom painting surface.
  • Zooming in on one small detail of a landscape for abstract results.
  • Copying the work of an Old Master.
Featuring an exciting variety of styles and mediums (oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel), novel perspectives and an invigorating sense of play, this book is sure to generate creative sparks and joyful painting sessions. Getting unstuck has never been so fun!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction: Breaking Out of Your Block to Move Forward
    1. Breaking Out of Your Block to Move Forward
    2. Tools & Materials
  5. 1 Acrylic - Catherine Anderson: Apply Color Intuitively With a Paper Towel
    1. Apply Color Intuitively With a Paper Towel
  6. 2 Acrylic - Catherine Anderson: Experiment With Unfamiliar Colors
    1. Experiment With Unfamiliar Colors
  7. 3 Pastel - Stephanie Birdsall: Paint Quick Sketches for Fresh Ideas
    1. Paint Quick Sketches for Fresh Ideas
  8. 4 Pastel - Stephanie Birdsall: Explore Color in a Series of Paintings
    1. Explore Color in a Series of Paintings
  9. 5 Acrylic - Marcia Burtt: Skip the Planning Process
    1. Skip the Planning Process
  10. 6 Acrylic - Marcia Burtt: Paint Without Stopping to Critique
    1. Paint Without Stopping to Critique
  11. 7 Pastel - Bill Canright: Paint With the Other Hand
    1. Paint With the Other Hand
  12. 8 Pastel - Bill Canright: Tackle a Difficult Subject
    1. Tackle a Difficult Subject
  13. 9 Oil - Dot Courson: Using a Limited Pallette
    1. Using a Limited palette
  14. 10 Oil - Dot Courson: One Reference Photo for Many Paintings
    1. One Reference Photo for Many Paintings
  15. 11 Watercolor - Charles “Bud” Edmondson: Working Backward
    1. Working Backward
  16. 12 Watercolor - Charles “Bud” Edmondson: Pick Four Photos, Create One Painting
    1. Pick Four Photos, Create One Painting
  17. 13 Watercolor - Steve Fleming: Painting From Memory
    1. Painting From Memory
  18. 14 Watercolor - Steve Fleming: Work From Line to Design
    1. Work From Line to Design
  19. 15 Pastel - Diane Artz Furlong: Get Up Close
    1. Get Up Close
  20. 16 Pastel - Diane Artz Furlong: Paint From Your Imagination
    1. Paint From Your Imagination
  21. 17 Watercolor - Livy Glaubitz: Sketch Your Surroundings
    1. Sketch Your Surroundings
  22. 18 Watercolor - Livy Glaubitz: Splash and Dash
    1. Splash and Dash
  23. 19 Watercolor - Becky Haletky: Give It a Bath
    1. Give It a Bath
  24. 20 Watercolor - Becky Haletky: Paint a Subject That’s New to You
    1. Paint a Subject That’s New to You
  25. 21 Oil - Marc Hanson: Change Your Tools
    1. Change Your Tools
  26. 22 Oil - Marc Hanson: Paint Outdoors at Night
    1. Paint Outdoors at Night
  27. 23 Pastel - Ray Hassard: Paint in a New Location
    1. Paint in a New Location
  28. 24 Pastel - Ray Hassard: Use a Plein Air Painting for a Studio Piece
    1. Use a Plein Air Painting for a Studio Piece
  29. 25 Oil - Jean Hildebrant: Set Your Subject in Another Era
    1. Set Your Subject in Another Era
  30. 26 Oil - Jean Hildebrant: Copy the Work of Another Artist
    1. Copy the Work of Another Artist
  31. 27 Mixed Media - Janie Hutchinson: Rework a Plein Air Painting With Layers
    1. Rework a Plein Air Painting With Layers
  32. 28 Pastel and Oil - Janie Hutchinson: Explore Color Variations of the Subject
    1. Explore Color Variations of the Subject
  33. 29 Watercolor - Jeanne Hyland: Apply Watercolor With Unusual Tools
    1. Apply Watercolor With Unusual Tools
  34. 30 Watercolor - Jeanne Hyland: Splatter Paint for an Intuitive Start
    1. Splatter Paint for an Intuitive Start
  35. 31 Oil - Christine Lashley: Start Bright and Move to Neutral
    1. Start Bright and Move to Neutral
  36. 32 Oil - Christine Lashley: Prepare for the Painting With Preliminary Studies
    1. Prepare for the Painting With Preliminary Studies
  37. 33 Pastel - Denise LaRue Mahlke: Create a New Painting Surface
    1. Create a New Painting Surface
  38. 34 Pastel - Denise LaRue Mahlke: Copy the Work of an Old Master
    1. Copy the Work of an Old Master
  39. 35 Oil - Eric Michaels: Paint Beyond the Boundaries of the Photo
    1. Paint Beyond the Boundaries of the Photo
  40. 36 Watercolor - Eric Michaels: Paint Large Masses and Work Wet-Into-Wet
    1. Paint Large Masses and Work Wet-Into-Wet
  41. 37 Oil - Ann M. Musto: Put Down the Brush
    1. Put Down the Brush
  42. 38 Oil - Ann M. Musto: Rescue a Failed Painting With a Palette Knife
    1. Rescue a Failed Painting With a Palette Knife
  43. 39 Pastel - Maggie Price: 10-Minute Studies
    1. 10-Minute Studies
  44. 40 Oil - Maggie Price: Take a Class, Workshop or Lessons
    1. Take a Class, Workshop or Lessons
  45. 41 Oil - Jody Regan: Paint in a Different Size or Format
    1. Paint in a Different Size or Format
  46. 42 Oil - Jody Regan: 30-Minute Paintings
    1. 30-Minute Paintings
  47. 43 Oil - Cynthia Rowland: Flower Power Hour
    1. Flower Power Hour
  48. 44 Oil - Cynthia Rowland: Paint a Single-Color Subject
    1. Paint a Single-Color Subject
  49. 45 Watercolor - Peggy Morgan Stenmark: Paint Vegetables!
    1. Paint Vegetables!
  50. 46 Watercolor - Peggy Morgan Stenmark: Find the Abstract in the Ordinary
    1. Find the Abstract in the Ordinary
  51. 47 Watercolor - Brenda Swenson: Paint Watercolor on a Tinted Surface
    1. Paint Watercolor on a Tinted Surface
  52. 48 Watercolor Collage - Brenda Swenson: Create a Watercolor-Stained Paper Collage
    1. Create a Watercolor-Stained Paper Collage
  53. 49 Acrylic - Janet Walsh: Change Your Viewpoint and Medium
    1. Change Your Viewpoint and Medium
  54. 50 Acrylic - Janet Walsh: Paint Your Treasures
    1. Paint Your Treasures
  55. 51 Pastel - Jimmy Wright: Take a Detail From Oil for a Painting in Pastel
    1. Take a Detail From Oil for a Painting in Pastel
  56. 52 Pastel - Jimmy Wright: Create a New Pastel Painting Over an Old One
    1. Create a New Pastel Painting Over an Old One
  57. Conclusion
    1. Conclusion
  58. About the Author
    1. About the Author
  59. Copyright