The Artist’s Journey
The creative life is not easy. From the outside it can seem romantic and exciting, but in fact it is a unique journey filled with doubts and dreams and complex challenges that most people never imagine. From the obvious issues of making a living and dealing with rejection, to more rarified questions like how to know when a work is finished and the delicate balance between inspiration and craft, the creative artist – whether writer, painter, actor, or dancer – lives in a world of profound questions and subtle choices.
The Artist’s Journey takes you into this world with an emotional honesty that few books offer. At once practical and spiritual, it is a rare exploration of the inner landscape of the artistic experience and an essential guidebook to the artist’s journey, for creative artists in all fields, whether young or old, accomplished or just beginning.
Kent Nerburn reveals to us that which lies beyond the surface appearance of reality. His writings are permeated by stillness. In a world gone astray, they are of inestimable value -- ECKHART TOLLE, author of The Power of Now on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG A book of revelation . . . a true-life fable and a provocative call -- ROBERT PLANT on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG A rare invocation of pure spirit. I loved it like an old song -- ANDREW O'HAGAN on NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG Like Paulo Coelho, Nerburn takes on a spiritual grandfather role. [This] encouraging piece of text . . . hinges on well-researched, inspirational quotes from great artists. Sometimes that is what we all need . . . If you're in need of a creative pick-me-up, cherish this * * DJ Mag * * A tender and beautifully written guide for anyone working in the arts . . . [a] little gem of a book * * The Wee Review * * A master teacher with the most generous heart, filled with lifetimes of wisdom -- DARREN ARONOFSKY Kent Nerburn's understanding of the transcendent nature of the creative process is vividly on display in his uplifting new book. His enthusiasm is contagious. Tune into his wise words and make something beautiful -- RICK RUBIN With a poet's grace and a craftsman's precision, Kent Nerburn has written a powerful and deeply moving meditation on what it means to live the life of an artist - and, ultimately, what it means to be human. On Making Art & Being an Artist might be the most inspiring book you'll read all year -- DANIEL PINK Helpful, deceptively simple, straight-shooting, celebratory -- MARGARET ATWOOD
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