|'Autumn Comes' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
If it is an art book I want it. I am always on the lookout for art books in my wanderings through thrift stores. I don't care what the subject is. If is is related to art and under $5 I'll probably buy it and add it to my collection.
What do I do with all of these books? Some on topics that don't even seem to have anything to do with my mediums. Well I usually manage to find some nugget of wisdom or inspiration in any book and that's a post for another day. I do have my favorite art books....my 'go to' books that I like to read and reread. The ones I always seem to share with my students. These books never seem to get put away.
|A peek at some of my art books|
YOU ARE A DIFFERENT ARTIST TODAY THAN YOU WERE YESTERDAY
|My copy of Edgar Payne's classic book on composition|
We are not always ready to understand everything about painting. Sometimes we need to process one concept before we are ready to understand another. But when we are ready......the moment when it all comes together is simply magic!
Take the book 'Composition of Outdoor Painting' by Edgar Payne. This is a classic must have book but I could never get past the first chapter. True the prose is old fashioned and a bit hard to read but when I first got the book a few years ago....I wasn't even ready to try to decipher the prose. So when I took it out last week I was pleasantly surprised to discover the pearls of wisdom in the book. I was able to slow down and understand what Payne was saying. I was finally ready to read this book!
So take out some of those dusty art books that you may have relegated to the shelf and re read them. It may be time! And I will be sharing some of the pearls from Payne's book in a future post.