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As a pathway to happiness, Live An Artful Live offers an enlightened perspective on the benefits of immersing one's self into the activity of, and the appreciation for the arts and creativity. Learning how and why to live carefree, helps relieve the mental burdens of adult responsibilities. This fosters happiness, and personal growth, thus relieving stress and assisting in As a pathway to happiness, Live An Artful Live offers an enlightened perspective on the benefits of immersing one's self into the activity of, and the appreciation for the arts and creativity. Learning how and why to live carefree, helps relieve the mental burdens of adult responsibilities. This fosters happiness, and personal growth, thus relieving stress and assisting in our well-being. Modern life has become a 24/7 news cycle, designed to grab you with fear and anxiety, while seemingly selling you the latest pharmaceuticals. If the side effects of the drugs weren't enough, the stressful side effects of the constant bombardment of it all, certainly is. Live An Artful Life is the stop and smell the roses approach for everyone. The message is simple. · Live - Not to just exist, not just the time between birth and death, but to live and experience life! · Artful - Showing creative skill, cleverness or taste! · Life - Again, not to just exist, but to possess the capacity to grow! In other words, to Live An Artful Life is to grow through experiencing the power of creativity, the freedom of imagination, and sharing your inspiration with others. It's not only knowing art exists, it's allowing artful things to live within and around you--there to inspire you and bring you joy, to be another language or voice.


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As a pathway to happiness, Live An Artful Live offers an enlightened perspective on the benefits of immersing one's self into the activity of, and the appreciation for the arts and creativity. Learning how and why to live carefree, helps relieve the mental burdens of adult responsibilities. This fosters happiness, and personal growth, thus relieving stress and assisting in As a pathway to happiness, Live An Artful Live offers an enlightened perspective on the benefits of immersing one's self into the activity of, and the appreciation for the arts and creativity. Learning how and why to live carefree, helps relieve the mental burdens of adult responsibilities. This fosters happiness, and personal growth, thus relieving stress and assisting in our well-being. Modern life has become a 24/7 news cycle, designed to grab you with fear and anxiety, while seemingly selling you the latest pharmaceuticals. If the side effects of the drugs weren't enough, the stressful side effects of the constant bombardment of it all, certainly is. Live An Artful Life is the stop and smell the roses approach for everyone. The message is simple. · Live - Not to just exist, not just the time between birth and death, but to live and experience life! · Artful - Showing creative skill, cleverness or taste! · Life - Again, not to just exist, but to possess the capacity to grow! In other words, to Live An Artful Life is to grow through experiencing the power of creativity, the freedom of imagination, and sharing your inspiration with others. It's not only knowing art exists, it's allowing artful things to live within and around you--there to inspire you and bring you joy, to be another language or voice.

36 review for Live an Artful Life: The Art of Living Artfully

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Live An Artful Life, Inc in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. The pictures displayed in this book are amazingly breathtaking and the fact that is has words of wisdom to go along with it makes this book more desirable in our collection. Self-Help books are a need in our collection but we are also looking for more books on the artistic side since a lot of people have more of a creative mindset r This book was received as an ARC from Live An Artful Life, Inc in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. The pictures displayed in this book are amazingly breathtaking and the fact that is has words of wisdom to go along with it makes this book more desirable in our collection. Self-Help books are a need in our collection but we are also looking for more books on the artistic side since a lot of people have more of a creative mindset rather than an analytical mindset and it was very refreshing to experience. We will consider adding this title to our Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allyssa (Book Ally)

    Ok this book was a ride! 61 highlighted sections... possibly a record for me? Firstly I would like to state that I am a creative person. Not only do I enjoy making art as a hobby among other creative outlets but I studied art and creativity for 2 years. So I jumped at the chance to read this book and see how I could lead and even more artful life. Straight of the bat I hated this book. Yes hate is a strong word but right from the get go it rubbed me the wrong way. It was written by a wealthy, whi Ok this book was a ride! 61 highlighted sections... possibly a record for me? Firstly I would like to state that I am a creative person. Not only do I enjoy making art as a hobby among other creative outlets but I studied art and creativity for 2 years. So I jumped at the chance to read this book and see how I could lead and even more artful life. Straight of the bat I hated this book. Yes hate is a strong word but right from the get go it rubbed me the wrong way. It was written by a wealthy, white guy and it read like it was too. I had got through the introduction and chapter 1 and was just so disappointed with what I was reading but it had me hooked in because I was so annoyed at it. I continued on in the book and things started to ease up. I even started to find alot I could agree with and relate to. Midway through the book I really started to find some gems and great pieces of advice and motivation. So after I finished this book I looked back over my notes and highlighted sections to help gather my thoughts on a review. As a whole the book was good and gave alot of insight and guidance. Was some of it poorly written? Most definitely. The question I always ask myself is would i buy this? Surprisingly yes! Those few bits that stood out to me really stuck with me and I'd like to have the physical copy to look back on and to share with my creative friends. * thank you to netgalley for sending me an arc in exchange for a honest review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I wanted to like this book - the intriguing description of living an artful life is exactly the sort of book I relish. Personally, I did not find it to be a great (... or even good...) book and I think if you are looking for a book on living "artfully" or living with creativity (what the gist of the book is really about), you are better served by checking out *The Artist's Way* by Julia Cameron, *The Creativity Book* by Eric Maisel, or *The Creative Habit* by Twyla Tharp. First, the good things a I wanted to like this book - the intriguing description of living an artful life is exactly the sort of book I relish. Personally, I did not find it to be a great (... or even good...) book and I think if you are looking for a book on living "artfully" or living with creativity (what the gist of the book is really about), you are better served by checking out *The Artist's Way* by Julia Cameron, *The Creativity Book* by Eric Maisel, or *The Creative Habit* by Twyla Tharp. First, the good things about the book. The author is clearly passionate about living in an artful or creative way. He presents stories from his own life in such a way as to try to inspire the reader to live in a more carefree way. The book can pretty much be distilled down to a few tips: Marie Kondo (my words, not his) your life and surround yourself with a style that makes you happy; immerse yourself in art; be curious and carefree. And although there are a few sentences throughout that resonate and are inspiring, the vast majority of the book needs much, much better editing. Clunky writing gets in the way of a clear persuasive narrative, and misspelled words and incorrect punctuation don't help. Because so much of the book is anecdotal (not bad, and perhaps even expected in such a genre) it reads like a freshman writing paper, which is too bad -- if it could be cleaned up (since it's self-published, it probably won't get a second edition) there could be some useful wisdom here. As it is, I can't recommend it, especially not to students (it is NOT a good model of writing). I do see other very positive reviews for the book on both Net Galley and Goodreads, so I'm glad that some people are uplifted by its message. 1.5 stars, rounded up to 2. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Asianbookworm.reads

    This is a great book with lots of amazing lessons to be learnt & applied. I could have finished it faster, but I had to take it one bite a time to make sure I'll absorb it all. I was hesitant at first I thought I won't be able to relate because I was never into art. But after the author pointed out, being carefree should never be looked at as being irresponsible, I honestly took a deep sigh. Let's just say I've lived a dull life and I wish I've done things differently in the past. I also like whe This is a great book with lots of amazing lessons to be learnt & applied. I could have finished it faster, but I had to take it one bite a time to make sure I'll absorb it all. I was hesitant at first I thought I won't be able to relate because I was never into art. But after the author pointed out, being carefree should never be looked at as being irresponsible, I honestly took a deep sigh. Let's just say I've lived a dull life and I wish I've done things differently in the past. I also like when he said, “Don't let the last day be the day you figure life out.” At some point I needed those words to hit me in the face. I've been reading a lot of self-help books especially when I'm emotionally down and I have to say I need to start doing those things mentioned on the last chapter. This is a must read book especially when you feel like Life seems idle, hard or meaningless. But regardless of your current situation and circumstances this book reminds you that anyone can live an artful life. It's a choice to treat this journey you’re on as an adventure in which you write your own story. I would like to thank the publisher for providing a free copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Live an Artful Life, by Thomas Neel, is such a powerful book! It has a very nurturing feel, as Neel builds his case that everyone can be creative. He acts as a cheerleader as well as a coach while presenting his arguments. I have highlighted much of what he says, and particularly agree with his thinking that one must actually DO something towards his or her art, not just think about it. We get caught up in the idea of perfection, and don't enjoy what is right in front of us! I recommend this boo Live an Artful Life, by Thomas Neel, is such a powerful book! It has a very nurturing feel, as Neel builds his case that everyone can be creative. He acts as a cheerleader as well as a coach while presenting his arguments. I have highlighted much of what he says, and particularly agree with his thinking that one must actually DO something towards his or her art, not just think about it. We get caught up in the idea of perfection, and don't enjoy what is right in front of us! I recommend this book for anyone who is creative, who would like to be creative, or wants to support creative endeavors. Many thanks to Netgalley who provided this ebook in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    If you are not sure you’re creative, or how to be creative, you might appreciate this book. It starts at the very beginning and has good snippets of advice throughout. I found it rather disjointed at times and would have preferred more examples and teaching stories to illustrate the author’s philosophy about how to add more creativity to one’s life. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Witch-at-Heart

    I really enjoyed this book. It is very insightful and gives various ways to help enjoy life more by embracing and utilizing art and creativity to help inspire us in daily living. I love the concept the accomplishments are 70% visualization and 30% making the visualization a reality. The author uses several examples from athletes to his own commissioned art as examples, I also agree with his suggestions to problem solve and destress by doodling it’s a wonderful way to unwind and just be creative. I really enjoyed this book. It is very insightful and gives various ways to help enjoy life more by embracing and utilizing art and creativity to help inspire us in daily living. I love the concept the accomplishments are 70% visualization and 30% making the visualization a reality. The author uses several examples from athletes to his own commissioned art as examples, I also agree with his suggestions to problem solve and destress by doodling it’s a wonderful way to unwind and just be creative. I highly recommend this book it is a fun and enjoyable read. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

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