Today is the last official artist interview for the season. I’m sending the series off with a BANG! Not only do I have an “Inspiring Artist” interview with Whitney Ferre, but I am also giving away a copy of her book, The Artist Within: a Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit.
Could you use a little more creativity in your every day? If so then you will certainly want to get your hands on The Artist Within! This book serves as your own personal creativity trainer. Centered around the eight principals of design; emphasis, balance, proportion, unity, harmony, contrast, rhythm and repetition, Whitney shows us how learning these principals through art can help you achieve a balanced composition in your own life.
“I want to help you create a side of your life where there are no rules, no limitations, and no critics.” -Whitney Ferre.
You will learn to tap into your own “artist within” as you work through the numerous Creativity Exercises and Workouts provided. Allow yourself to ponder reflective questions such as; What is most important to you? What does your ideal job look like? and What are your own personal dreams. Then jump into the simple step by step creativity workouts that allow you to switch from left to right brain thinking. There is even room right in the book to scribble, draw, write and create!
I have had so much fun working through this book and I can’t wait to send it out to one of my lucky readers! To enter simply leave a comment below. A random winner will be drawn and announced next Monday, September 26th. Good luck!
Now let’s meet the “Inspiring Artist” behind this incredible book, Whitney Ferre.
For me art is…
LIFE! Every aspect, every level. When we learn more about art making we learn more a out how to “make” the life we are intended to live.
What are you currently working on?
I have just moved to a ranch in NE Oregon with my husband and 3 kids. So I am working on all kinds of new roles and responsibilities, ones that include horses, chickens and a puppy, along with my constant flow of new ideas that revolve around my growing, international family of Creatively Fit Coaches, and new products. I am motivated to reach out to more and more people to let them know that they CAN do it, and that their “artist within” is waiting to help! It is such a blast to connect with people on this level and help them so profoundly.
Who has inspired you?
“Art is the proper task of life.” -Nietzsche (because Boldt quoted this in his book and it started the ball rolling)
“The time came when the risk to remain tight like a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
Are there any tips to living a creative life that you’d like to share?
Please realize that you have been programmed to believe that a “creative life” is only worthy if it is producing money. As human beings we created art before we created a monetary system or an alphabet. We are artists, creators, at our core. To deny that is futile. Art holds the key to your authentic self. Through creating you will discover who YOU were created to be. Just do it!
Where can people find you and your work?
And thanks also to you, my dear readers, for being a vital part of the “Inspiring Artist” series. May you all continue to be inspired by all of the art and artists in your lives. Don’t forget to leave your comments below for the opportunity to WIN a copy of The Artist Within!