An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery by Janna Malamud SmithAn Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery by Janna Malamud Smith

An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery

byJanna Malamud Smith

Paperback | August 16, 2013

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An Absorbing Errand provides a philosophical, historical, and analytical look at the creative impulse and how certain artists from a wide field mastered their craft. From Julia Child to Charlie Chaplin, Lady Gaga to Michael Jackson, famous painters to established writers, Smith shows us how each overcame the obstacles they faced in the pursuit of their creative visions.This utilizes stories of artists' lives, personal anecdotes, and insights from the author's work as a psychotherapist to examine the psychological obstacles that prevent people from staying with, and relishing, the process of art-making. Each chapter is devoted to a problem intrinsic to the creative process and illustrates how these very obstacles, once understood, can become prime sources of the energy that actually fuels the mastery of art-making.An Absorbing Errand is a supportive companion, an enlightened and compassionate ballast, a guide for anyone who has ever picked up a pencil to write, or a paint brush to paint, or any tool -from chisel to loom- to pursue any serious craft, and then put it down again frustrated, discouraged, and unable to continue. An Absorbing Errand provides a philosophical, historical, and analytical look at the creative impulse and how certain artists from a wide field mastered their craft. From Julia Child to Charlie Chaplin, Lady Gaga to Michael Jackson, famous painters to established writers, Smith shows us how each overcame the obstacles they faced in the pursuit of their creative visions.This utilizes stories of artists' lives, personal anecdotes, and insights from the author's work as a psychotherapist to examine the psychological obstacles that prevent people from staying with, and relishing, the process of art-making. Each chapter is devoted to a problem intrinsic to the creative process and illustrates how these very obstacles, once understood, can become prime sources of the energy that actually fuels the mastery of art-making.An Absorbing Errand is a supportive companion, an enlightened and compassionate ballast, a guide for anyone who has ever picked up a pencil to write, or a paint brush to paint, or any tool -from chisel to loom- to pursue any serious craft, and then put it down again frustrated, discouraged, and unable to continue.

About The Author

Janna Malamud Smith is the author of three books,My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud, A Potent Spell: Mother Love and The Power of Fear; andPrivate Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life. Her titles have beenNew York Times Notable Books andA Potent Spell was a Barnes and Noble 'Discover Great New Writers' pick. She has ...
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Title:An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to MasteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.69 × 5.35 × 0.71 inPublished:August 16, 2013Publisher:CounterpointLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1619021862

ISBN - 13:9781619021860

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