downloadThis innovative book teaches you how to rediscover the delightful curiosity you had as a child.  Wahl walks the reader through how we were when we were younger, how we are now, and how we can find our Picasso.  Picasso is an acronym Wahl uses to describe his methods for rediscovering creative genius.  Wahl gives examples of each step, as well as quotes and inspiration.  Wahl is not some professional psychologist.  He is someone who has walked this path to Picasso himself.  Wahl gives us very poignant questions to ask ourselves as we consider where we are in our current life and who we hope to become in the future.  This book deserves more than one reading in order to glean all of the information you can out of it.  I recommend this for anyone struggling with who they are and where they fit in at home or at work.  Great read!

05. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Crafts, How To's, Informational Book, Marsha, NonFiction · Tags: , ,

Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring, Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn, 144 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/05/2014

download (1)This new addition to the library as of November 2014 is a wonderful book for any artist.  I could see the applications being used in mixed media art, art journaling, calligraphy, and so much more!  This book will get you started with basic pen paper and ink while later chapters add paint, chalk, and more! Illustrated lettering is also discussed with ideas for enhancing the first letter of a quote for phrase.  Includes instructions for making your own chalkboard as well as how to do some of the basics in a digital program such as Photoshop.  Creative Lettering and Beyond is not one to be missed by all types of crafters.  Write on!

18. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Crafts, How To's, Informational Book, Marsha, NonFiction · Tags: , ,

Journal Spilling: Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout, 127 pages, read by Marsha, on 09/17/2014

journalThis is a wonderful book for anyone wanting to dive into the world of mixed-media art journaling.  There are lots of techniques to try out, particularly with watercolors.  If watercolors are a medium you wish to learn more about, this is the book for you.  The instructions are clear without being overbearing.  They still allow for a lot of experimentation on the part of the reader.  The author tells you which tools you will need for each exercise, specifying which are optional.  She also discusses some brand names to try out.  I found this book to be very useful, especially when combined with other books and magazines on mixed-media art.  There are also prompts at the end of the book for continued thought and fun with art journaling.  The author encourages the reader to make a mess and try things out for fun.  While the book gives some of the basics, there is still room for the artistic reader to soar.

31. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags:

Gothic art now by Jasmine Beckett-Griffith, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 07/30/2014

artGothic Art Now, is an exceptional look at Gothic art in media, sculpture, advertising, photography and digital form.  The imagery is amazing and so is the insight you get from the artist on their work.

 

26. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever by Julian Beever, 110 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/24/2012

Pavement Chalk ArtistA collection of photos of the amazing 3-D pavement chalk drawings by Julian Beever. The drawings truly only have all their 3-D affects when seen from one particular angle but the detail he is able to draw is amazing. He shares some information on how he draws the designs but doesn’t go into all the math calculations he does to calculate some of the drawings perspective correctly. He also shares where he gets his ideas and how he got started.
Just amazing drawings.

21. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , , ,

The Art of the Missouri Capitol: History in Canvas, Bronze, and Stone by Bob Priddy, Jeffrey Ball , 399 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/21/2012

The Art of the Missouri CapitolAfter fire destroyed Missouri’s capitol in 1911, voters approved a bond issue to construct a new statehouse. The tax to pay the bonds produced a one-million-dollar surplus, leaving a vast amount of money to decorate the new building. A special commission of art-minded Missourians employed some of the nation’s leading painters and sculptors to create powerful and often huge pieces of art to adorn Missouri’s most important new structure.

The Art of the Missouri Capitol presents the art in 270 images, many by Lloyd Grotjan, mostly of the building’s many compelling paintings, murals, and sculptures. Priddy, a journalist who has covered the Missouri legislature for more than three decades, and Ball, an art historian, use a wealth of historical materials to connect the grand design of the capitol decorations with accounts of sometimes temperamental artists and meddling politicians. The authors provide historical and artistic context to explain the many surprising, controversial choices the artists made, and they use Missouri history to explain the tales depicted in the artwork, revealing the events—and inaccuracies—that the paintings bring to life.

There were lots of stories and information that I have either forgotten from my school tour days or just never heard since the tour guides have to keep groups of kids interested and moving through the building. Did you know there is accidentally one too many stars on the representation of the Great Seal of Missouri on the capitol floor? There are supposed to be 24 to represent Missouri joining the union as the 24th state but the artist carved one too many. So, if you’ve ever stared at the seal and thought the stars were unbalanced or something was off about it… you are correct.

15. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

Amano : the complete prints of Yoshitaka Amano by Amano, Yoshitaka , 287 pages, read by Kira, on 03/11/2012

Amano has a really cool style,  I don’t like a number of his subjects, however, Not the most woman friendly stuff.  But I love the swirling/driving flow of his style.  I wish all of the prints were full-sized, a number of them are pretty small.  The colors in this book seem more garish, than what I’ve seen online.

Interesting