Books

I am doing my best to immerse myself in not only drawing and painting, but keeping myself motivated by reading and looking at art. I thought it might be useful (for me) to have a page dedicated to some of the books that I really find inspiring. Right now I am re-reading Art & Fear, Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland. I read this years ago, but somehow today I find it more engaging…more personal. Probably because I am actually creating art now, and I really wasn’t when I read it the first time. Below I have the link to the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Fear-Observations-Rewards-Artmaking-ebook/dp/B0042JSQLU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396025517&sr=1-1&keywords=art+%26+fear

I feel like I am losing so much time during my work week! I only have 3 days to devote to art making and often there are of course distractions of life that beg to tear me away from even that time.

Currently reading The Practice & Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. Highly recommended! And, it’s available on Amazon kindle for 99 cents! Can’t beat that. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Practice-Science-Drawing-Illustrated-Formatted-ebook/dp/B003WMA7DS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396192092&sr=8-1&keywords=science+of+drawing

I have finished for the second time Art & Fear. I found it very inspirational and plan on pulling out some of the passages that I found particularly helpful.

As of January 1, 2015 I am reading Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh Gregory White Smith The Art Spiritby Robert Henri. Both of these books seem pretty great.

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