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Painted Jay Publishing, LLC
Books for artists and other creative folks.

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Painted Jay Publishing, LLC, books for artists and other creative folks, by artist Alexandria Levin, now includes the lyric poetry anthology, Songs in Search of a Tune. All three books may be found at Alexandria Levin's author page at Amazon.

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Drawing Out the Muses is based on the premise that visual inspiration can be found anywhere: in nature, with household objects, listening to sound, utilizing raw visual elements, remembering dreams, and yes, even from feeliing uninspired. This book shows you how sources of creativity can be found absolutely everywhere, while giving you countless ways of looking at absolutely anything, resulting in infinite forms of visual expression.

With over 300 fun and serious exercises, concepts, examples, step-by-step processes, explorations, and various things to do, artists will learn more about their own innate creativity, different ways of seeing things, and new ways of interpreting the world. Every idea is designed to give you something to work on or to play with, for the sole purpose of helping to spark your own creativity in the process.

Drawing Out the Muses was written for all visual artists by any definition, at any career level from beginner to accomplished professional, and working in any medium, including traditional crafts. It is for any visually-oriented person who is interested in expanding their own creativity.

This book is available in both print and ebook versions.

Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence book cover

Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence is a detailed guide to understanding and calculating the actual cost of creating artwork, while helping artists of all kinds develop a solid pricing structure with easy step-by-step calculations spelled out in artist-friendly math. This book is written by an experienced artist who believes that knowledge is power.

Topics include: becoming comfortable with money issues, how to separate business and creativity when necessary, the economy and the art market, consistency, sales commissions, raising prices, how to develop growth in your career and as an artist, how not to lose money, and how you already give back and contribute. Included in Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence are numerous examples, tables, and extensive lists for how to find your direct, indirect, and overhead costs, plus how to track material and other expenses, as well as your time and labor.

Beyond the easy math and simple organizational tools, less tangible matters are discussed as they relate to pricing, such as understanding your experience and background as an artist and learning to be objective about your own artwork. Revised and updated from the original printing, Pricing Your Artwork with Confidence is a unique and invaluable tool for any artist serious about their professional career.

This book is available in both print and ebook versions.

Songs in Search of a Tune book cover

"At the age of fifteen, with vinyl spinning, something inside me was sparked, and pen was put to notebook paper. I never once questioned the motivation or the desire."

Songs in Search of a Tune is a collection of lyric poetry from a time of exquisite longing, a portrait of a mid-journey, misdirected and deeply felt. Written by a synesthetic visual artist, this book compliments the artistic impulse more often expressed in painting, when only words will do. 54 lyric poems, plus extensive bonus material, comprise this new hot-off-the-press 117-page volume.

"I see music and hear song structure while writing lyric poetry. I welcome you to hear your own music while reading these lyric poems."

Songs in Search of a Tune book cover

This book is now available in beautiful, gorgeous print.