|About the Book|
Artis a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit togetherthe ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer,ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity withothers in smallMoreArtis a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit togetherthe ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer,ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity withothers in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group,think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide forwalking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combinedrawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers atany level of artistic experience, the book shows how to:awakenthe creative force and connect with the divine source of creativityaccessinner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal andcommunity concernsfinda path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanksexplorethe images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism,and Goddess worshipjoinin spiritual community with others who are following the path of artdiscoverthat artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the worldDetailedexamples from the authors own practice of art, plus the stories and images ofseveral other people, are presented to illustrate how art becomes a spiritualpath in action. At the authors virtual studio, www.patballen.com, readers canpost their images and writings, communicate with the author, and subscribe toan electronic newsletter. The site also contains an archive of the images inthis book in full color.