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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press Ltd. (11 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844091856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844091850
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hi and thanks for visiting! I've been an artist for over 30 years and I believe we are all creative at heart. I've made short animated films for CBC-Sesame Street, Nickelodeon TV and various nonprofit organizations in Boston. My illustrations have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine and many other publications. I've also done illustrations for children's educational books. In other words, I've been in the trenches for a while and I want to share some of what I've learned about creativity.

I wrote THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE / How to Free the Hand and Mind to nurture the artist in everyone. I hope you'll find lots of inspiration in the book for releasing creative blocks through the simple practice of drawing. Whether you're an artist, writer, musician, gardener, cook or bottle washer-- drawing can bring you into the creative flow.

I write on The Huffington Post--www.huffingtonpost.com;
and on my blog--www.catbennett.net

I also lead creativity retreats--www.theconfidentcreative.com

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"Teaches how to make your mark, how to be accepting of success and failure, how to experiment to uncover new areas of creativity, how to overcome the fear of getting started, how to love yourself through what you create but most of all it urges us all to JUST DO IT. The results are not as important as the creative process itself." --The3rdi magazine for working women

"I LOVE YOUR BOOK! You are very encouraging . . . You show that drawing demands we know ourselves as creative beings." --Diana Korzenik, former chair, art education, Massachusetts College of Art Boston

Cat Bennett suggests that drawing, or artistic activity generally, is like meditation and the spiritual aspects of yoga. It creates a single point of focus and when one is fully engaged the distractions of the outside world are ignored. For a period the artist is in the zone , as sportsmen call it, when nothing else matters and the mind is totally at one with the task in hand. --Martin P Wilson, Suite 101

About the Author

Cat Bennett is an artist who has exhibited in Boston, New York, Montreal and Tokyo. She has been a professional illustrator for over twenty-five years with clients such as The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin and many others. She began her career at The National Film Board of Canada and later made short animations for CBC-Sesame Street, Nickelodeon-TV and various non-profit organizations. She teaches drawing as a way to meet the true creative self within.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tom Evans on 4 May 2010
Format: Paperback
When I got this book I thought it was about the mechanics of drawing. What I found was something even better and that's how the practice of making marks on paper transforms you creatively and spiritually. At the time I read it, I was working on a new book of my own and I found that doing the exercises before I started writing completely enhanced what I wrote about and how I wrote it.

What a lovely gift to bring to the world and some really great images inside it too. I am inspired and am definitely going to sign up for some creative drawing classes now.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Gc Roney on 25 Oct 2010
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Are you creative? Do you harbour a private wish to be creative. It's not just about whether you are a secret Damien Hirst, or a Salvador Dali in Disguise. Creativity can also be seen as a mindset where you are more at one with yourself. This is also not restricted to the `artistic' world. The knowledge-based economy is built upon the vision and mind-freedom that creativity begins. As an engineer by training, I can name Concorde, the Space Shuttle and the Channel Tunnel as great feats that were started by someone with a creative epiphany.

Cat Bennett has written a book, called `The Confident Creative', in which she uses the medium of art to draw out that centre inside you that you wish other people saw, but you were either unafraid or unaware of how to tap it.

I have always wanted to draw, and some of the techniques that Cat uses, such as drawing the object upside down I had heard of before. (The idea is that by drawing it upside down, you break the psychological link between what the object is, and what you actually see so your judgement is not prejudiced). Others, such as contour drawing, were new to me, but there are a whole block of techniques that you can use to draw creatively.

This is not to say that if you are not an artist, this book is not for you. Far from it. The ideas that Cat has written about are readily translatable across into writing, video filmmaking, teaching, science.... any place where exploration is fundamental to the process. The Confident Creative is a gem of a book, that is more subtle than the traditional `How to draw' book, and this is to its credit. It is a book that is thoroughly deserving of being in the possession of anyone who wants to free their mind and be more than a `follow-by-numbers' person.

This book review was originally published on in the Sue Blake Media Online Book Club on LinkedIn, a site for professionals to meet and network.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Veronique on 20 May 2011
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This book is not a technical book at all. It is rather about creativity. I loved its size, its paper, its illustrations. The author perfectly knows what she is talking about, her writing style makes it easy to read again and again. You will find thousand of tips about creativity, freeing your mind and your hand and some exercices which will help you to get confident. A different book, a helpful book. In one word: it opens your mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan 2013
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I have read many books like this. Creative self help books for the stumped and hapless. This book covers a lot of familiar ground but is set out in a friendly, humourous and accessible manner. A few more inspired and inspiring illustrations would be a great help I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it highly.
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