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

Gothic art now by Jasmine Beckett-Griffith, 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, 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 , 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 , 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