UPDATE: My latest bookThe Painting Workbook is now available for pre-order (which allows you to save more off the retail price)! The book will come out sometime in September of 2014.
“Cultivating your Creative Life is one of my favorite art books ever! Not only is it visually stunning but she encourages you to find that something inside of you that is aching to get out. I truly believe that art is an outward expression of the soul. The book is chock-full of ideas and prompts to take you further in your artistic journey. She invites you to slow down a bit…. to coax your inspirations and let them evolve. By doing so, the true, higher self can work its magic. And I ADORE the project ideas….so unique and full of life>” –Mindy Murphy Lacefield, beloved teacher & professional artist.
“Cultivating Your Creative Life is a must-have for anyone who wants to dive deep to find their creative self. Lushly illustrated and sensitively written, this book steps the reader through finding and releasing thoughts and habits that stifle creativity, finding inspiration from nature, the necessity of self-care, and what needs to be done to manifest creativity. Each chapter has exercises for the reader to do, from journaling to intuitive drawing to creating flower essences. For those who are professional artists (or for those who aspire to be), each chapter closes with a “Tip of the Trade.” I have not done any “art” since I was in elementary school and have always been intimidated by art supplies. However, Alena and her book have inspired me to step outside of my comfort zone. This act of creating has changed the way I look at the world and it has changed my perception of myself. It is truly a gift of the soul.” –Teri Simonds
“This book is fun. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then Alena succeeds in creating a literary composition that speaks volumes – But Alena not only graces her book with original artwork but leads the reader on a fun journey of creative wisdom and activities to help us open and seek balance in our fast-paced lives. Inspirational stories and new perspectives allow one to RELAX and get in touch with a youthful openness again. Upliftedness. Cultivating Your Creative Life would be great for adults and teachers/counselors looking to tap into or help facilitate other adults or even young-adults in their creative and growing processes. Overwhelmingly awesome book.” -Justin Rhode
“Everything about Cultivating Your Creative Life invites you in: it’s size, imagery and words. I have it on my bedside table~and it’s the perfect book to pick up when you’re needing a little bit of reflection or that little nudge to create. The quotes and photographs inspire~they are mixed throughout this gem, along with Alena’s own beautiful works of art. Each page seems to have been carefully crafted, and every couple of pages, there is space for you to carefully or unabashedly put your pen to paper~to literally become a part of the process/of the book itself. Cultivating Your Creative Life achieves what most books are trying to do, to interact with the reader, and does so in such a thoughtful, authentic way. Alena Hennessy seems to have poured herself and her wisdom onto these pages and thus, inspires us to do the same in our lives. Here’s to simplicity, honesty, and growing back to the point where we remember, that inside each of us, lives an artist.” -Lucy Snow