The Creative Edge
Exercises to Celebrate Your Creative Self
By Mary Todd Beam
No judgment. No fear. No limits!
The Creative Edge takes you on an amazing exploration of your own artistic potential. Building on basic creative processes, artist Mary Todd Beam invites you to go deeper into your observations and experiences following more than 25 techniques that will take your work in exciting new directions. Through Mary’s insightful instruction, you’ll heighten your awareness of color, texture and design as you infuse your work with symbols and metaphors of special significance to you. At the end of each exercise, you’ll experience the joy and satisfaction of creating an expressive finished piece that is uniquely your own.
From the elements of visual language to the objects that eternally inspire us, each section of this transformative book focuses on a different artistic component or subject. To provide you with many sources of inspiration, Mary also features examples of her own work along with paintings from guest artists who share their own insights and ideas about artistic expression and the creative process. Go for it! With The Creative Edge, you have what it takes to slice through old habits and self-imposed limitations.
- Over 50 contributing artists including Dean Mitchell, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Edward Betts, and more.
- 25 step-by-step demonstrations to expand your repertoire of creative painting techniques
Mary Todd Beam is a nationally recognized artist and a popular workshop teacher. A Dolphin Fellow in the American Watercolor Society, she is also a member of the National Watercolor Society, winning their experimental award, and the Ohio Watercolor Society. Mary has been painting, teaching, lecturing and judging watercolor exhibits for the past forty years. Her work has been in several major exhibits, and has been featured in several magazines, including, Watercolor Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Several books on painting also include her work.
Other North Light Books by Mary
I had the honor of working on Mary’s first North Light book, Celebrate Your Creative Self. We shot all the demonstrations in house, setting up our photostudio like a typical Mary Todd Beam workshop. Mary got all of our creative juices flowing with this book—my favorite demonstrations were the faux metal and leather effects we created with gesso and acrylics, but we did so many fun things with acrylic mediums, watercolor, crayons, brayers, scrapers and yupo (to name just a few), that it’s really hard to decide just what creative technique to like best. Try them all for yourself with Celebrate Your Creative Self!
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Visit Mary Todd Beam’s website for more info on this artist, including a gallery of paintings and listings for her upcoming workshops.
by Joseph Melançon
Acrylic on canvas
17½” × 24″ (44cm × 61cm)
Collection of Dotty and Richard Terry
From The Creative Edge