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Awakening Your Creative Soul: A 52-Week Journey to Artistic Discovery Paperback – Illustrated, 16 October 2018

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"This is unlike any other artbooks I've seen... This is a great book for those who want enjoy the process of making art." --Parka Blogs

About the Author

Sandra Duran Wilson comes from a family of artists and scientists. She grew up in a world where all things were possible in her imagination. It was a world where she could look through the microscope in her father's office and paint what she saw. Her early years were spent on the border of Mexico where the people, animals, landscape, music, culture and the stories of the curanderos shaped her reality. Years later she would return frequently to Mexico and South America to absorb the culture, traditions and art. Her spirituality combined with her scientific studies directed her work from realism to abstraction.

Her work is influenced by scientific concepts in physics, chemistry and biology. The pure fun of exploring what paint can do and her natural curiosity keeps the work fresh and lively. She is continually exploring new surfaces, materials and techniques. Her work is represented in galleries in the U.S. and Australia and is found in corporate, civic and educational institutions and private collections globally.

She experiments, paints, writes and teaches at her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also teaches around the U.S., Europe and Australia. She is the author of six art technique books and several DVDs, and her work has been featured in numerous books and magazines. Visit her website at

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1440353077
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; Illustrated edition (16 October 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781440353079
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1440353079
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.35 x 1.32 x 25.4 cm
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Sandra Duran Wilson is a fourth-generation artist. Her Mother's relatives were artists and come from Mexico, Spain, and Italy. Sandra's early years were spent on the border of Mexico where the people, animals, landscape, drama of the religious rituals, and stories of the curanderas shaped her reality.

Sandra's father and his relatives were physicians and scientists and they nurtured her love of science. Making her paints and paper from materials found in Nature is a direct result of this passion. She has degrees in both Fine Art and Science. &quot;I have always loved to mix things up and this has nurtured my art explorations&quot;.

This combination of art and experimentation led to the creation of the first art technique book, Image Transfer Workshop. Surface Treatment Workshop, Mixed Media Revolution and Alternative Art Surfaces followed. Her fifth book, Acrylic Painting for Acrylic Effects has been widely embraced by both acrylic and encaustic painters. Her sixth book is due out in October 2018. She paints and lives in Santa Fe, NM and her art is in international public, corporate and private collections. She teaches workshops in the US and internationally.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Reviewed in Canada on 7 July 2020
Lots of nice artistic projects, you either have to own all the materials needed to realise each project or buy what is suggested - Beaucoup de beaux projets artistique, vous devez déjà posséder tous les matériaux nécessaires à la réalisation de chaque projet ou alors il faut tout acheter ce qui est nécessaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A arte é saber fazer arte
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what is represented in the preview... more a book about intuition than a book about art.
Reviewed in the United States on 19 October 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book moved me to start watercolors again
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