|'Down a Country Road' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I usually have a stack of art books in my bedroom and I read a few pages of one every night. I'd like to think I absorb the information and process it while I sleep. I do sometimes dream about something I've read so I think it is true!
My art library is in dire need of organizing. I can never find a book I am looking for because there is no rhyme or reason to my shelves. I just got a pile of new art books donated by a friend and I need to make room on my shelves. That donation was a wonderful gift but here are other ways you can build your art book collection.
|Piles of my Art Books waiting to be organized|
- Thrift Stores. Even if you aren't a thrift store shopper, try them and head right to the book section. Scan the shelves for art books. They are usually larger than most other books so you can do a quick scan. I recently scored two beautiful books on Sargent at the Goodwill.
- Garage and Estate sales. This is hit or miss but sometimes listing for these sales will mention that books are available.
- Book Sales. Usually your local library has periodic book sales where you might pick up some good art books. You can sign up for updates on book sales in your area at www.booksalefinder.com
- Second hand book stores. If your town has one of these shops you are in luck! I have made some great finds in our local second hand book shop.
- Ebay. When I am feeling the urge for a new art book I will browse the art book category on Ebay. I especially like to look at the lots of books. I have picked up an out of print hard to find book that was included in a lot of art books that weren't that great. I got the whole lot for a great price.
- Amazon. I like to treat myself for birthdays/holiday gift with a nice art book. I keep a wish list and let my family know about it.
Today's painting is the demo I did for a private student. 8x10 pastel on canson paper