Author/artist hosts stream-of-consciousness art activity

Elaine Clayton

Elaine Clayton

Do you remember being a child and the pure joy brought on by a box of crayons and piece of paper? Do you still find yourself sketching away every time you pick up a pencil? That’s because drawing is a natural impulse that stays with us throughout our entire lives. Whether you are sketching in a notebook or carving your name in the sand, this simple, stream-of-consciousness activity is a window into your deepest, truest self.

Artist Elaine Clayton, author of Making Marks: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing, offers a hands-on author event Saturday, April 25, from 11-12:30, at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road. Recommended for ages 12 & up through adults. Register in advance at [email protected] Cost, at $18, plus tax includes the book, Making Marks and art workshop with Elaine.

In Making Marks, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words (an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 224 pages, Trade paperback, May 2014) you’ll learn that every single line, smudge, or spot you make contains visual imagery with the power to heal the past, develop your sense of empathy, and reveal solutions and answers you never realized before. You don’t need to have any specific experience or skills to benefit from this book; through simple steps and interactive exercises, people of all ages and artistic abilities can gain insight and learn to reconnect with their creative selves.

With beautiful black-and-white and full-color illustrations, “Making Marks” is a powerful guide to self-discovery. Tap into your unconsciousness as artist and spiritual guide Elaine Clayton takes you on a journey of the soul. Through the simple act of drawing—whether it’s doodling or creating detailed illustrations—you can embrace your inner voice and unlock the power of your intuitive intelligence.

“Drawing is a powerful act that can tap into a deep-seated, intuitive process involved with creativity and the emotional life. Elaine Clayton’s “Making Marks” facilitates intuition, releasing the mind to discover new ideas, creative inspiration and unexpected solutions.”—Dr. Raymond Moody, MD, PhD

“The benefits of art practice are not limited to producing a work of art. It is a way of finding the space between rational thinking and intuitive discovery. This wonderful book is a guide to help everyone locate and explore the space in-between.”—Marshall Arisman, painter, illustrator and educator

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