Tuesday, March 6, 2012
TOP TEN TUESDAY -- My 10 Favorite Art Books
1) The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri -- I've read this twice, and I'm ready to read it again. It is so inspirational, and is, as George Bellows said, "comparable only to the notes of Leonardo . . . "
2) The Blank Canvas, Inviting the Muse, by Anna Held Audette -- I have never seen this one on any "best of" lists, but I love this little book! Great book for any artist who has had trouble "getting started" -- haven't we all? I'm going to read this one again, too.
3) Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils & Rewards of Artmaking", by David Bayles -- This is a book written by artists, for artists -- a simple, but powerful, must-read book.
4) The Artist's Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron -- A course to free your creativity, no matter what form of art you are interested in. This has been a life-changer for a lot of people.
5) bird by bird, by Anne Lamott -- So insightful and funny -- about life and creativity. It is a must-read for anyone interested in creative writing, but I would recommend it to any artist or art student.
6) The Natural Way to Draw, by Nicolaides -- If you are serious about learning how to draw, get this book! And then, read it and use it -- do all the exercises. I did, and it helped me so much! It's the best "how-to" book on drawing, written in 1941.
7) Hawthorne on Painting, collected by Mrs. Charles Hawthorne -- This book has so much to offer the painter -- especially in regards to the subject of color. Charles Hawthorne was a master guide and teacher of art, and this book contains his notes and his students' notes.
8) Composition, by Arthur Wesley Dow -- This book, first published in 1899, was written by the mentor of Georgia O'Keefe. He was very much influenced by Japanese art -- I guess that's why it resonates with me. It is a classic -- a practical, well-illustrated guide to artistic composition.
9) On Painting & Drawing, by William Morris Hunt -- another book, based on the teachings of an exceptional teacher from 19th century Boston. Always considered ahead of his time, Hunt's teachings are still relevant today. (I think I need to read this book again, too.)
10) Composition of Outdoor Painting, by Edgar Payne -- An important book on Landscape Painting -- no matter what the medium. Payne was able to reduce complex ideas to simple demonstrations in this classic book. (Plus, the photo of Payne on the back cover is priceless.)