Friday, August 4, 2017

4 Art Books I Am Currently (re)Reading and Some Video

I am currently reading a few art books to study technique and to be inspired. I wanted to share these titles with you as each seems rather good.

1. Pam Carriker's (who I will be taking a class with soon) Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker: Techniques for Drawing and Painting Faces (2015) from Northlight Books.

Here are two videos that show Pam at work creating a portrait.

2. Jane Davies' (who I want to take a course with so much) Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language (2017) from Jane Davies Publications.

The techniques Jane describes here are helpful and inspire me to try my hand at abstract painting. I bought her book after watching her video, Scribble Collage: with Hand-Painted Paper with Jane Davies

Here's a brief look at the video.

JD1 Preview v1 from Creative Catalyst on Vimeo.

3. Misty Mawn's Unfurling, A Mixed-Media Workshop with Misty Mawn: Inspiration and Techniques for Self-Expression through Art (2011) from Quarry Books.

I so appreciate Misty Mawn's paintings, processes, and her book. It is one I return to in order to resample and be inspired. The last section of the book shows ways to visually journal and she is clear and the ideas are excellent.

Below is Misty's I am an Artist film.

5.  Elisabeth Bronfen's  (Edited by Janine Latham) Woman Power: Maria Lassnig in New York 1968–1980 (2017) by Petzel.

Here is a brief video featuring Lassnig's portraits.

Here is a brief video about a retrospective of her work at MOMA PS1.

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