Welcome to Painted Jay Publishing – Where you will find unique and original books and ebooks for artists and other creative folks that give you extensive information, common sense, empowerment and fun!

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Now available on Kindle!
Drawing Out the Muses

Now available on Nook!
Drawing Out the Muses

Drawing Out the Muses is based on the premise that visual inspiration can be found anywhere; in nature, with household objects, though sound, using raw visual elements, dreams and even from being uninspired. This book shows you how sources of creativity can be found absolutely everywhere, and at anytime; while giving you countless ways of looking at absolutely anything resulting in infinite forms of expression.

Artists will learn about the nature of creativity and different ways of seeing things, with over 300 fun and serious examples, step-by-step processes, exercises, ideas, explorations, things to do, and ways of interpreting the world around you, most with multiple variations from which to choose. Every last one is designed to give you something to work on or play with, while helping to spark your own creativity in the process.

Drawing Out the Muses was written for all visual artists by any definition, who may be at any career level from beginner to accomplished professional, and working in any medium, including traditional crafts. It is for any visually-oriented person who is interested in expanding their own creativity. Designers, students, hobbyists, educators, workshop leaders and event planners will find this book considerably useful.

Drawing Out the Muses is the newly revised and updated version of Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks, now available as an ebook. Coming in print by late summer, 2014.

Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence book cover

Now available in print!
Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence

Now available on Kindle!
Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence

Now available on Nook!
Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence

Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence is a detailed guide to understanding and calculating the actual cost of creating artwork, while helping artists of all kinds develop a solid pricing structure with easy step-by-step calculations spelled out in artist-friendly math. This book is written by an experienced artist who believes that knowledge is power.

Topics include: becoming comfortable with money issues, how to separate business and creativity when necessary, the economy and the art market, consistency, sales commissions, raising prices, how to develop growth in your career and as an artist, how not to lose money, and how you already give back and contribute. Included in Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence are numerous examples, tables and extensive lists for how to find your direct and overhead costs, and how to track material and other expenses, as well as your time and labor.

Beyond the easy math and simple organizational tools, less tangible matters are discussed as they relate to pricing, such as understanding your experience and background as an artist and learning to be objective about your own artwork. Revised and updated from the original printing, Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence is a unique and invaluable tool for any artist serious about their professional career.

Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence has recently been revised and updated from the original printing from 2003.

Coming in 2015...

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The original print version of Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks is going out of print soon. Order yours now!

Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks is a superb and straighforward quick-start guide to get one’s mental juices going and find dramatic, emotionally moving ideas in the most humble surroundings. Highly Recommended."– Midwest Book Review,
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From the A.C.T. Teleclass about Pricing Artwork:

"I listened to the Alexandria Levin recording today. She made a tough subject – pricing one's art – sound so sensible! I ordered her book. Thanks for thinking to invite her as a guest speaker. She was very good."
– H.M., Massachusetts

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