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Well, I guess I proved that jerk wrong (ps., I plan to keep doing that!) Here’s a little bit about each book, all of which have been published by Chronicle Books:

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“Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk [and other truths about being creative]” – Yep, this was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. As my inner-critic so sweetly pointed out, I didn’t go to school to become a “writer”, so writing ten chapters was terrifying. It didn’t help that I had to be incredibly vulnerable when it came to most of the subject matter. Anyway, I did it. I’m so proud of it, and I hope you love it too. Oh, and the cherry on top – this book is beautifully illustrated by one of my favorite artists, and people, Philadelphia based artist Martha Rich.

Released October 2016 wherever books are sold, and available as an audio book on audible.com  {see bottom of page for links}

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“Creative Block” was released in the spring of 2014, and includes interviews with 50 working artists from all over the world. I asked them about blocks, self-doubt, handling criticism, and how they stay motivated on days when their mojo has called in sick. This book is so, so, so good thanks those artists being open, honest, insightful, hilarious, and generous with their answers. It also happens to be filled with their gorgeous artwork and an unblocking jump-starter project from all of them – and boy, they really work! Now, not to be too dramatic, but, this book literally changed my life – opportunities that I never could have imagined came out of writing this book (yes, Oprah’s people called). One pretty giant highlight, as you can see from the excitement in my face above, was finding Creative Block on the shelves at the MoMA Book Shop in New York.

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“Collage” was released in the fall of 2014 (I was working on it at the same time as Creative Block). I chose 30 artists, again from all over the world, and gathered up their gorgeous collage work. I also gave it a little spin by giving each of them the same starting image – a photo of a cowboy and his accordion playing brother  and asked each of them to make a unique, original piece from that photograph. The results were fantastic! My favorite thing about collage is seeing a found image transformed into something new, and seeing 30 talented artists do it with the same image was even more exciting. The foreword was written by one of my collage heroes, British artist Anthony Zinonos.

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Would you like to buy one? Ok! You can find them in most major bookstores and online:

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Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk :  Chronicle BooksChapters / Barnes & Noble / Amazon

Audiobook: Audible.com

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comments (18)

  1. Aaron Cunningham /// 06.14.2016 /// 7:22pm

    these look great. totally not trying to be a jerk but you have the release date as 2104, not sure what’s more impressive writing 3 books or time travel 😉

    great concepts. definitely want to check out the creative blocks book!

  2. the jealous curator /// 06.14.2016 /// 7:27pm

    yes, my next book is all about my extensive time traveling work… waaaay ahead of my time (literally) thanks for the catch, aaron! ; )

  3. Tara /// 09.22.2016 /// 8:11am

    I seriously can’t wait to grab the Inner Critic book ~ exactly what I need right now. Thank you for the fist-pump, charge ahead, you can do this cheerleading that is about mine! “wake me up when September ends” 🙂

  4. the jealous curator /// 09.22.2016 /// 10:09am

    thank YOU, tara! : )

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    “One of the most painful thing in love is to love someone that you cannot have”

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    “When he left that you love for the sake of others, dry your tears, because you know you deserve better”

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  13. Kencing Nanah /// 05.08.2017 /// 5:47am

    Thank You Tara… 🙂

  14. Jill /// 09.23.2017 /// 10:31am

    Creative Block. A great book! But why all white people? This struck me as so so odd… what am I missing here?

  15. the jealous curator /// 09.24.2017 /// 8:45am

    hi jill… this is crazy but i had no idea until you said that! i actually had to flip through the book to make sure you were right!? it was not intentional at all! for this book, i chose based on the type of art i wanted in the book. thinking back there were artists i asked that weren’t able to participate that were from other ethnic backgrounds (some felt their english wasn’t strong enough for a Q&A and i coudln’t convince them otherwise). what i was aiming for was a nice blend of men and women, small town to big city, self taught to MFAs, painters to sculptors, and people from all sorts of countries. i feel embarrassed as of course it would never be my intention to only feature caucasians. ps. i’m working on a new book now about female artists, and the range in ethnicity, age, and medium is very far reaching.

  16. Sandrine /// 10.06.2017 /// 12:45pm

    Hi Danielle,

    I’ve been following and enjoying The jealous curator for a little while now, and I just finished your book. I’m not an artist but I had so much fun reading it and I just thought it was so inspirational, freeing and positive. So thank you and please tell your inner critic you’re definitely a writer and to shut the f**k up he doesn’t know what he’s talking about but you do 😉

  17. the jealous curator /// 10.06.2017 /// 8:59pm

    haha! thanks sandrine! that made my night ; )

  18. Rita DUngey /// 10.22.2017 /// 6:18pm

    Please add me to your email list. Thanks!