Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On Writing a memoir of the craft Stephen KIng

I have a secret passion and that is writing although I must confess that most of my skills with prose don't make an appearance in my blog. Could be the little time I devote to editing the things I post. Shame on me. I love books about craft and dedication to the work of getting it done and this book applies to writing as well as painting. King never mentions painting but he does devote many words to developing skills and putting them in the tool box, working everyday, staying away from bad writing and cliches, and reading and looking at good material all of the time. He says that if you don't love to read you probably won't find the time to write. I think this applies to painting also looking at and reading about great art and expanding you horizons of art that you like makes finding a place for yourself easier and much less intimidating. He also says that the muse won't appear if you don't give it a regular time of day to find you, your work habits bring the muse not the other way around. There are many art related gems in the book. I just loved it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Donna Watson Blog

I know this is not truly a book but it is something you should read and follow. It is Donna Watson collage and watermedia artist who has a wonderful view of life, art and community. She not only highlights her own work but also presents artists who she admires and relates to as the feature of her blog. Also of special interest to me is the the links to other artist's blog many of whom are just wonderful to get acquainted to through their blogs.
Go to http::/donnawatsonart.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Books from the workshop in Ellicott City

I am sorry for the delay in posting this information but here are some of the books I brought along.
"Master Class in Watermedia" Edward Betts
"A life in Watercolor" Lawrence Goldsmith
"Watercolors" Donald Holden
"The Creative Artist" Nita Leland
"The Artist Design" Marie MacDonnell Roberts
"Motherwell" Frank O'hara
"Milton Avery the late paintings" Hobbs
"The Poetry Within" William Thon
"Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico" Just a great book
"Elements of Color" Johann Itten