• Your Art Will Save Your Life

  • By: Beth Pickens
  • Narrated by: Beth Pickens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Your Art Will Save Your Life

By: Beth Pickens
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As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has worked as a consultant empowering artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.

©2018 Beth Pickens (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Way too political way too often

I get it, trump is an ass. And I even get why you would give us a backstory that you wrote this book because of the 2016 election. But to mention the frump administration every few minutes .... I had to shut it off and I don’t even like trump. I fully agree with the author that he’s a moron...

Too political too often. It’s off putting to your main goal of writhing about art 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Thanks, but no thanks.

I’m just glad I didn’t waste a credit on this. I hoped this book contained good advice or examples of how everyday people used their art to excel.

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Crazy author rants about US politics

This book isnt even worth free! I was emotionally enraged when she brags about being gay and hates all Republicans and Trump. Has nothing to do about art.

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Why is this on Audible? Refund Please!

If you know absolutely nothing about art then this is the book for you!

So political it’s borderline cringe. This is why so many conservative politicians openly hate art.

Just a bunch of whiny nonsense.

I’m extremely liberal and attended a top tier art school in Manhattan so I’m by no means conservative. I can say with the utmost confidence that this book contains nothing of value.

I listed to the entire recording and I believe I’ve become less creative and intelligent as a result. LOL

Please don’t even bother with this trash.

So many amazing books to enjoy, this is not one of them.

Seriously who let this happen?

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Interesting but too political

I was an interesting listen but got too political for me near the end.

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Slow Start

You may have come to this book with the idea that it's strictly about art. It's not. It's also about contemporary politics; but only a little. I almost gave up on this book thinking that it wasn't addressing me or my needs, But after the first chapter it shifted to be about exactly what I expected. While I am a very political animal and the author's politics align with mine succinctly I wasn't looking for a book about activism. A little redundant I know; but if you picked this up and gave up on it too soon. get back to it. The advice in here is solid and inspiring. Artists MUST make art and this little gem helps when self doubt starts to creep in.

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Too negative from the beginning

Author immediately begins a political tangent highlighting her disgust with the Trump administration. I couldn’t listen beyond the first 4 minutes and was really hoping to listen to an insightful book about the effects of art. Highly disappointed.

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Bigots Not Artists

From the first sentences I was insulted and amazed that a person who mumbled her philosophy out in a droll manner offended me as a gay man by making such assumptions about what art might be. I never read a book based in such narcissistic about what my gay identity has to do with writing. Myself, a gay psychotherapist, I found this self aggrandizement really off putting and droll. Seems to be confused about masculinity and art, too.

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Good Read.

I was very interested in this story, and encouraged. I could relate to most of what she said, and more importantly, I felt better afterwards.

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Crucial for any working artist

I cannot stress enough how important this book is for any working artist to hear, it keeps me grounded when I get overwhelmed by my anxiety related to work life practice balance.

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  • P. Ruddy
  • 02-04-22

A snapshot of dismay and polarised politics

For a book released in 2018 it has dated rather quickly. She's clearly directing her book at American artists who are as dismayed as she is by Trump. It feels much more political than I expected from the title and whilst I'm not completely unsympathetic, I just didn't want to go back there and relive it.

I am sure the author is thrilled at the change in political direction and may feel glad that that aspect of her book feels historical now and it was probably cathartic at the time to get her thoughts out there.

There is some encouragement to artists about using our talents even in hard times which was nice, but there was just too much unexpected political angst and self righteousness in such a short book anyway for it to feel relevant. It lacked a longer, more timeless perspective.

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  • DAVIDE LA GUIDARA
  • 01-11-22

Great book and Great author!!!

It's definitely a Great book written by a Great author.. It's a truly Inspiring reading.

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  • Kathy
  • 11-19-21

American anxiety

Trump getting in and how it affected people - not happy listening - a bit sad and boring