Title: Creative Awakenings: Envisioning the life of your dreams through art
Author: Sheri Gaynor
Trade Soft Cover
$24.00 U. S.
Published by North Light Books an Imprint of F + W Media, Inc.
Publication date: February 27, 2009
About the Book
Creative Awakenings: Envisioning the life of your dreams through art, takes readers on a transformative, creative personal adventure. For everyone who has ever wanted to create a more rewarding life, fueled by creative intention, Creative Awakenings is a trailblazing road map, a trusted guide, and a tireless cheerleader.
Creative Awakenings follows the lives of 12 nationally known artists over the course of a year, such as Claudine Hellmuth, Lesley Riley, Jane and Thomas Wynn, to name a few. Each committed to engage with the EnVision Art of Intention™ process, created by artist, life coach and psychotherapist, Sheri Gaynor, for one month. During that month, the participating artists were asked to create artwork that expressed their truest intentions. The resulting essays and inspired art projects provide a creative spark to help readers rediscover a more expansive and fulfilling way to live, fueled by creative intention.
About the Author
Artist, author, therapist, coach, and facilitator of women's dreams... Sheri Gaynor lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with her husband and rescue dog Blue. Her company Feisty Females® empowers women to step boldly in the direction of their dreams, through one on one coaching and creativity workshops and retreats.
Victorious in conquering her own early life battles with depression, addiction and paralyzing fear, Sheri became a psychotherapist in 1989, so she could support people in knowing that anything was possible. Following the events of 9-11 Sheri, her husband and their elderly black lab, traveled across America in a 24-foot trailer in search of themselves and healing. This extraordinary experience and propelled her into her own dream of leading women to live authentic lives, through the process of creativity.
Sheri Gaynor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and professional Life Coach. In 1981 she received her Associate of Arts degree from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, with a major in photography. She received her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Barry University in 1989. Sheri's art has been shown internationally and she has contributed various freelance writings and photographs to such publications as the Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel, the Florida Post newspapers and the Aspen Times Weekly. Sheri has been leading women to creative success for almost 20 years, offering women, individual transformational coaching, on-going creative expression workshops and retreats.
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Anahata Katkin and Juliana Coles are just two of the 12 visionary artists who joined author and creativity coach Sheri Gaynor in the artistic adventures chronicled here as "Twelve Months of Dreams". Sheri cleverly combines a two-fold approach to amping up our own fountains of artistic ingenuity. She includes her personal blog entries and essays written by each artist interspersed with technique sections beginning with building a journal (The Book of Dreams). A few of the techniques covered are using a dremel to create texture on clayboard, image transfer (by Lesley Riley: see Fabulous Fabric Art, also reviewed in this issue), and working with transparencies.
Sheri finished the book with a cool, tear-out "Transformation Deck" for you to use in your own adventures in Creative Awakenings or, if you're like me, you'll consider it a source of inspiration and make a fab deck of your own. S. Fishburn
All I can say is I need to take a week off of work so I can go through every inch of this delicious book! It is so rich with inspiration, information and transormational possibilities for me! I've never kept an "art journal" before this and it is a true gift for myself. I love learning the techniques all the while feeling myself healing and transforming in ways that I can't put into words. It may have a lot to do with the fact that Sheri is a professional coach and had spent so many years as a therapist... I'm getting a lot for my money here! And, another delightful surprise....she made a deck of cards! I love cards and I love pulling one each day with the perfect support and opportunity to transform whatever issue it represents for me. When I read the meaning of the card in the back of the book, it's uncanny!!!! Meant to be you might say. Well, this is my best and favorite art book. One that I'll always hang on to and return to again and again. Plus, now I have an art journal that is a source of my ongoing expression, joy and healing process! Thank God for Sheri!!!! xoxo! R. S Bright
I love this book...as I grow older I desire to make the most of my creative abilities, and like many artists, sometimes lack the drive and focus needed or end up either burned out or discouraged...I absolutely love Sheri's approach as she begins with the difference between a goal and an intention, and was totally surprised to discover the book also contained beautiful mixed media projects and art shared by other well-known artists (Susan Tuttle, Claudine Hellmuth, Jane and Thomas Wynn and others!)...worth every penny!! A.J. Van Hal
This is wonderful Art book to help kindle your art fires. For artists starting out to life time artists, Sheri's book stirs your pot of creativity and guides you to bring out your Soul's purpose of creation. Doing the work in your journal, opens so many doors. It's a delicious recipe book for your artistic journey. I highly recommend it. Your art will blossom and your soul soar. What more could you ask for? Linda Drake