Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch
October, 2004: “For authors it’s called “writer’s block”. What’s not so widely known is that this condition also afflicts other creative artists whether their medium is painting, sculpture, photography, dance, or music. In Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks, artist Alexandria Levin shares more than 300 ways for the “blocked” artist to get unblocked and begin to find inspiration and motivation once again. Methodologies include brainstorming, translating between mediums, finding inspiration in the most ordinary of household items, day-to-day language, life events, dreams, and more, or simply drawing abstraction from realism. 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.
Artist’s Sketchbook Magazine
Article titled “Cramp Your Style; Giving yourself too much freedom to create can be a block in itself. Limit yourself a little and see the ideas pour out.” Excerpted from Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks with two Alexandria Levin painting illustrations. October 2004 issue.
Their April 2004 Book-of-the-Month is Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence.
The Paint Rag
Association of Hawai’i Artists, June 2004 newsletter. Book recommendation for Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence. “Great Book” – Patrice Federspiel, editor.
“The Books of Summer”; June 2004 issue. Review of Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks by Bill Sievert, editor. “...she finds fresh ideas in everything from buzzing bees to citrus peels. Levin’s writing style is breezy, and many of her ideas are innovative.” Sunshine Artist is one of the top magazines for professional artisans working the art fair and festival circuit.
Art Times (arttimesjournal.com)
Review in June 2004 of Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks. “This chock-full book of ideas offers a wide variety of methods to think outside the envelope. Great for artists of all stripes” – Raymond J. Stener, editor. Art Times is a New York based literary journal and resource for all the arts.
The Western States Arts Federation web site for and about artists. See the links page. Four articles excerpted and paraphrased from Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence under Artists’ Resources – Articles of Interest, 2004–2005.
All reviews above are from the first printing. New reviews coming soon.