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Whether you're seeking creative inspiration or technical guidance, our collection of books on the arts offers eye-opening perspectives on creative practice. Explore the practices of making and appreciating art and music, while gaining insight into creating more evocative artwork.

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Cosmic creativity—how art evolves consciousness: Alex Grey at TEDxMaui 2013

Visionary artist Alex Grey began his career as a medical illustrator at Harvard Medical School, but is best known for paintings that present the physical and subtle anatomy of an individual in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. His work has been featured in Time and Newsweek, on the Discovery Channel, and as album art for TOOL, the Beastie Boys and Nirvana.

Find out more about Alex Grey here.

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Polynesian Tattoos: 42 Modern Tribal Designs to Color and Explore

Nga tama o Punga is the name of the last design in the book, and in the Maori language it means “the children of Punga.” It is inspired by the author’s personal tattoos.

Punga was the son of Tangaroa, god of the sea, and also a god himself. He had two sons, called Ika-tere and Tū-te-wehiwehi, who fled Punga’s home to avoid the wrath of another god. Ika-tere hid under the sea, where he became the ancestor of fish, mantas, and other sea creatures, while Tū-te-wehiwehi took refuge in the forest, where he became the ancestor of reptiles . . .

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Color Yeshe Tsogyal

Enjoy this free full-size page and see for yourself how fun, relaxing, and enlightening coloring can be:

Yeshe Tsogyal

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Don’t Try to be Artistic

The whole philosophy of art is that you don’t try to be artistic but you just approach the objects as they are, and then the message comes automatically. When you look at a painting by a great artist, it doesn’t look like someone actually painted it, but it just seemed to happen by itself. There’s no gap, no cracks at all; it’s one unit, complete.

From The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Seven, page 102

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