Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art, by Michael de Meng, is a visual delight for mixed-media and found object artists. It’s also an insightful book for fans of Mr. de Meng’s work, or those who want to understand how artists think and work. What it is not: A step-by-step guide to working with specific tools and materials to create art from found objects.  (If you want step-by-step… Read More »

Moira Huntly’s Sketchbook Secrets

Moira Huntly’s Sketchbook Secrets, by Moira Huntly, will inspire you to carry sketching supplies all the time. It’s an especially good book to read when you’re planning a trip, and want to keep an illustrated travel journal while you’re on the road. Or, if you’re participating in an all-day sketching marathon (like a “sketchcrawl”), you may refer to this book often, as you prepare for the day. I’ve looked at… Read More »

Acrylic Painting Techniques

Acrylic Painting Techniques: How to Master the Medium of Our Age, by Stephen Quiller, is a juicy and inspiring book for acrylic painting enthusiasts. Many people know Stephen Quiller for his color wheel and color theory.  (If you don’t, this book may be an especially happy discovery.) In this book, Mr. Quiller applies his brilliant use of color and contrast to acrylic painting.  It’s a much-needed addition to any acrylic… Read More »

Taking the Leap

Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist, by Cay Lang, is a good and important book for anyone who’s serious about a career in art. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look at the broad field of art and art careers. (I tried to keep the list short at my Squidoo page about Art Careers. It’s still overwhelming.) You need a starting point. One of my… Read More »

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, by Gail McMeekin is truly a “portable mentor” as the subtitle suggests. Published over ten years ago, many of the book’s themes have been repeated, embellished and embraced in other books, workshops and forums. However, much of this advice is timeless and as important today as it was then. It is about moving forward as a creative woman, overcoming past obstacles and fear,… Read More »