Learn 'The Artist's Way' and discover your creativity

Joyce Hogue

Joyce Hogue will teach "The Artist's Way."

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM.

Joyce Hogue was nearing retirement five years ago and looking for something to do for herself.

A woman she admired in her community was about to start teaching a course entitled "The Artist's Way," based on a book of the same name. Hogue expressed interest, but was ready to back away as she began to doubt her own artistic abilities.

A fellow artist convinced her she did have artistic talent, but she just didn't know what it was.

Hogue ultimately took the 12-week course and considers it a life-changing experience. She now wants to teach others to find their spiritual path to higher creativity through "The Artist's Way."

Published in 1995 and again in 2002, the book leads readers through 12 chapters and daily exercises that challenge budding artists to stretch the limits imposed by everyday life.

"The book also has a lot of good quotes that encourage you to do whatever you have always wanted to do but never had the courage to do. It encourages you to discover your inner talents," said Hogue. "I went through the book chapter by chapter and was amazed."

After finishing the course, Hogue, who has a master's degree in nursing, learned to fly a plane and flew it solo several hundred miles — a feat she had never thought she would accomplish. And, she is now writing her first novel, a mystery based in a locale much like South Walton. She also teaches an exercise class at Hope Lutheran Church.

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