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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 10 Aug 2009
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This review is from: The Creative Edge: Exercises to Celebrate Your Creative Self (Spiral-bound)
When I opened the parcel my heart sank. Gimmicky was the word that first came to mind with the look, layout and feel of this book. I was hoping for a book that would stretch me, have me digging really deep for that "Creative Edge", make me work hard and draw out something from deep inside me that I hadn't yet tapped. I was hoping to be taken through exercises that would stretch me and introduce me to ways of looking and doing things in a way I'd never done before. Instead I found myself leafing through a book that reminded me of a childrens' art programme found on TV on a Saturday morning. What a shame, and what a waste of money. I don't even know any friends who would appreciate this book if I passed it on to them. In fact, they might well be insulted.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2010 20:36:26 GMT
Riverside says:
ms.woods:: thank you for your review. may i ask if you have ever found a book that has stretched you and led you into new ways of looking, etc., etc.....?and if so, what that book may be? best wishes, nellie

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 10:09:00 GMT
Lala Woods says:
Hi Nellie. Thank you for your email. I need to point out that I am, like most people, self taught and therefore always looking for that "teacher" in a book that will help me progress. The official review of the book said it would "take their (artists') creativity to the next level" and by next level I presumed that meant a leap forward, and that was what I was hoping for.
On receiving your email I went back to Amazon and was interested to note that 25 out of 26 people found my review helpful. Also a reviewer called puzzled "puzzled" "found the book uninteresting." Puzzled went on to say that they bought the book, briefly read through and then listed it for sale again. Unfortunately for me this review was after I'd bought the book. The only review I saw was by Noelle Poupardin' which gave me the confidence (misplaced as it turned out) to buy the book. But of course we are all individuals, what suits one doesn't necessarily suit another so a mixed batch of reviews is helpful to potential purchasers.
In answer to your question, yes, I have found a lot of books helpful and quite a number a waste of hard earned money and they end up in a Charity shop I support. In particular I am impressed with 'The Tao of Watercolor' by Jeanne Carbonetti. This gave me a whole different way of looking at painting and I found it very inspirational. Just to name a few more: 'How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself' by Nita Engle; 'Secrets of Watercolour Success' by Hazel Soan; 'Drama of Wildlife Step by Step' by Terry Isaac (this is acrylic painting); 'Paint Watercolours that Dance with Light' by Elizabeth Kincaid; 'How to Paint Colour and Light in Watercolour' by Jean Haines; Pastel for the Serious Beginner by Larry Blovits; 'Pure Color The Best of Pastel' edited by Maureen Bloomfield and James A Markle (amazingly inspirational); 'Brushwork Essentials by Mark Christopher Weber (this is oil painting) and a final one, but by no means the last, 'The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook' by Betty Edwards. I don't enjoy drawing and this last book is a great exerciser and very good for my soul.
I hope I have answered your question. Best wishes Lala
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