The Artist's Joy

A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life

The Artist's Joy

A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life

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The ultimate guide for creatives of all disciplines and levels to discover a sustainable, joyful artistic practice.

Whether you are a dabbler, a career creative, or a long-time self-proclaimed "tortured artist," Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez is here to help. As a professional oboist, teacher, creative coach, graduate of The Juilliard School, and beloved host of the podcast Artists for Joy, Dr. Estevez knows the world of creatives and what they truly need to cultivate a life-giving practice. The Artist's Joy offers not only tools for the journey but a deeper understanding of the ways the miracle of creativity works in our lives.

Dr. Estevez guides artists at all levels and in all disciplines to build a creative life that resonates deeply with their core values, and to cultivate an artistic practice that is joyful and sustainable. She shares her discoveries and insightful coaching exercises that stem from the belief that when we are connected to what resonates deeply within us, the "tortured artist" trope simply doesn't hold. By looking at creative work through a new lens, she provides us a means to begin--or to begin again--in sustaining ways.

Complete with self-coaching questions, a group discussion guide, and a companion playlist with tracks for musical meditation and creative engagement, this is your guide for life as an artist that will resonate long after the last note.

Download the free The Artist's Joy printable journalperfect for individual or group reflection.


"With clear writing and hard-won wisdom, Merideth Hite Estevez is the guide we need for a sustainable creative life. She knows the curves, pitfalls, and quiet gifts of the artist's path. This book is both a personalized toolbox and a well of deep universal insight for any artist feeling stuck, discouraged, or in need of fresh hope in their work."

Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Next Right Thing

"The act of making music is in so many ways mystical but also highly practical. In The Artist's Joy, Merideth Hite Estevez has written a unique book, with calm and warm generosity, that is of relevance to all artists. I truly believe it will help us all retain our enjoyment of making music when the world and its events can seem so overwhelming and when challenges from our past may threaten to subsume our joy."

Nicholas Daniel, international oboe soloist and conductor, Officer of the Order of the British Empire

"This book provides several ways to unlock creative joy through inspiring stories and engaging exercises. By offering unique tools that awaken the senses and delight the inner child, Merideth Hite Estevez shows that it is not only possible to tap into your creativity, but that it is an essential part of life."

Tracee J. Glab, executive director of Flint Institute of Arts

"A healing balm for the artist's soul. If you are seeking a spiritual companion to sustain a joyful, wholehearted creative life, look no further."

Ashley Hall-Tighe, trumpeter for Canadian Brass, adjunct trumpet faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and certified life coach

"Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez offers an incredible guide for anyone to find their inner artist. As she weaves in her remarkable story, Dr. Estevez taps into an essential truth about life: art can save the soul."

Kenneth Moton, award-winning TV journalist, former network TV news anchor, and national correspondent

"Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, musician, author, or creative, Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez gently and lovingly guides us as readers to see anew how the gift of creativity is woven within each of our lives.."

Holly K. Oxhandler, PhD, LMSW, associate dean for research at Baylor University's Garland School of Social Work, and author of The Soul of the Helper

"In addition to her own innovations and helpful 'showing, not telling,' Estevez has collated the best arts insights from a trusted cast of characters, including C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, and Julia Cameron. If you're looking for a book that can get you unstuck as an artist or fan into flame your already-bright spark, this is it. The Artist's Joy is, in short, an artful and wise gift ready-made for your toolbox."

Charlie Peacock, Grammy Award-winning music producer and coauthor of Why Everything That Doesn't Matter, Matters So Much

"Merideth Hite Estevez has opened up her own story in a beautiful and compelling way, inspiring other artists toward their best work from a place of wellness and joy. What a gift! Brimming with touching stories, contemplative exercises, and self-coaching prompts, The Artist's Joy will usher any creative forward in their journey."

Katy Rose, author and illustrator of Lilibet the Brave

"By the end of the prelude, you will know if this book is for you, and trust me, if you are an artist of any type, this is undoubtedly for you. Merideth Hite Estevez eloquently unpacks the urgency for joy, and then provides the tools for you to make yourself well. It's a journey you must take."

Quinn Simpson, co-founder of Graydin

"The Artist's Joy is more than a self-help book; rather, the reader is provided with thought-provoking questions that serve as motivational reminders that imposter syndrome, fear, and 'artist's block' are real, yet can be overcome through courage and self-forgiveness to find healing and joy."

Amy Hardison Tully, DMA, Teresa Ann Carter King Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506497242
  • eBook ISBN 9781506497259
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 243
  • Publication Date June 25, 2024