My Favorite Art Books-Listings

There are many benefits to doing art, including improving connections in your brain.   Whether you are looking for a book to open and start doodling with while you have your coffee or advanced color theory, or a gift for an artist friend, look no further.  I have read and extensively used all of these books .  For inspiration, Winston Churchill’s little book “Painting as a Pastime” is my favorite.

Grab a cup of coffee and a few markers or pencils and you are creating!

Need a gift for a hardworking artist friend? Artists need hand cream and hand pampering!

 

Looking for a little advanced reading?

Inspiration-Or a great gift for your artist friends.

Anatomy

 

I haven’t used this but if you need an “instant studio” try this!

For kids

 

 

Inspiration, Little Books and Plans or Ditch the Selfie

I love little books.  Pretty little books for writing notes in, books with thicker paper for drawing and silk and art covered books I always plan to fill with wonderful poetry but never quite do.  I love filling them cover-to-cover and I’ll share some of what I put in one of them below.

I was quite inspired by this little book I bought in Katonah, NY yesterday.   I love the cover, the fertile Goddess figure inviting me to embrace my art and fill it with wondrous views of my world.

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But usually I find the plans I make for a little book usually turn out differently than what I first imagine.   This is my little book I started doing sketches in for 2014-2015.  I find when I am stuck waiting somewhere, rather than moaning how my time is being wasted I pull out a pen or a pencil and start scribbling.  I keep a mechanical drawing pen and a drawing fountain pen filled with scribblers ink in my makeup case, in my purse.  Time then flies, and I find sometimes my scribbles are just scribbles but sometimes they crystallize a memory.  None of these are meant to be great drawings.  Some only took 30 seconds to do.   I’ll share a few I like below.

The 2014-15 drawing book.  booksketch

It’s nothing particularly special, it’s about 5 x 7 inches so I can fit it in my purse or hold it and sketch wherever I go.  Such as,

30 second drawings at an art gallery:

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Or a moment when housebound during an icy winter storm:

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For the next I must introduce you to my dog, Gwyn, a wonderful energetic English Shepherd that usually looks like this:

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Yes, that is all four paws not touching the ground!

 

 

 

So when I spotted a rare moment of repose:

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Of course I was inspired.book fig 6

 

 

But sometimes life drives art, when I saw this of course I had to draw it:

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Fortunately, the little book and it’s drawings still exist.  Documenting my visit to an art gallery, friends, an ice storm and doggie mischief. bookchewed

 

 

 

 

 

My new book will be filled with wonders.  Some will just be playful scribbles, that I won’t share with anyone, but I will enjoy in the moment.   I will crystallize moments in time that should not be forgotten in a way more personal and lasting than a social media selfie. And with every line I make, I get just a little bit better as an artist.

I encourage you to get a little book.  Fill it with doodles, sayings, quotes, poems, or lists.  It will become something more than the sum of its parts when you have filled it cover to cover.

Meanwhile,  I have a request to go out and find some inspiration outside.

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