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Daybook: The Journal of an Artist review ä 3 ¿ Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept this illuminating and inspiring journal over a period of seven years determined to come to terms with the forces that shaped her art and life Her range of sensitivity—moral intellectual sensual emotional and spiritual— is remarkably broad She reArt and her path to a sculptural practice that would “set color free in three dimensions” She reflects on the generous advice of other artists watches her own daughters’ journey into motherhood meditates on criticism and solitude and struggles to find the way to express her vision Resonant and true encouraging and revelatory Anne Truitt guides herself and her readers. “The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own most intimate sensitivity”American sculptor Anne Truitt keeps a loose limbed diary including thoughts about her work inspiration motherhood ambition and provision and it is a motivating record of a driven artist She was once a nurse and trained as a creative writer and both of her capacities for generosity and creativity shine through in this lyrical finely crafted journal“During the uestion and answer period I was asked where I thought art came from from what part of the mind I answered that I did not know but I thought it possible to put one’s self in the way of art much in the same way that cloistered devotees place themselves in the way of religious experience Art comes if we are blessed with what Jack Tworkov called a ‘little touch of grace’ into the highest part of the mind that with which we can know the presence of God but we have to pay attention to that area in order to notice the grace or even perhaps to attract it”

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Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept this illuminating and inspiring journal over a period of seven years determined to come to terms with the forces that shaped her art and life Her range of sensitivity moral intellectual sensual emotional and spiritual is remarkably broad She recalls her childhood on the eastern shore of Maryland her career change from psychology to. This is a wonderful book for many reasons Anne writes like a poet choosing her words so carefully and elegantly one reads slowly in order to allow them to sink in gradually but thoroughly before moving on to the next thought She writes of her lives as a child a student a wife a mother an artist a single parent a grandmother a woman She writes of her thoughts feelings and experiences in such a way that help you understand her art her decisions and her relationships but especially her sculpture and her need to make it And she wrote so many thoughts I wish I'd been able to articulate myself I found myself taking notes of her musings on art and parenting One of my favorites is It is such an act of courage to put pencil to paper that I begin by honoring the artist's intention I honor Anne for the courage to write with such openness honesty and insight

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Daybook The Journal of an ArtistThrough a life in which domestic activities and the needs of children and friends are constantly juxtaposed against the world of color and abstract geometry to which she is drawn in her art Beautifully written and a rare window on the workings of a creative mind Daybook showcases an extraordinary artist whose insights generously and succinctly illuminate the artistic proce. She writes too much about her art LOL