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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 »

Paintings of Maine, by Carl Little

Paintings of Maine, selected by Carl  Little, is a delightful collection of paintings by a variety of artists. The subject is always Maine, from Ogunquit to Lubec and from the Bucksport mill to the lakes of Moosehead and Sebago. Over 100 paintings show readers why artists are drawn to Maine. This book — a 2006  sequel to the 1991 book of the same name — includes works as diverse as… Read More »

Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes

Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes,  by George Allen Durkee is a good, instructional book for oil painters.  Artists working with acrylics will learn great tips from it as well. From the start, I was impressed.  Instead of using the usual photos of art supplies as he talks about what he paints with, Durkee actually painted pictures of his art supplies. That’s pretty cool. Then, he… Read More »

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art – review

Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art by Diane Maurer-Mathison is a good book for a school, the library of an art organization or club, or a public library. It’s a thorough book about collage and assemblage, and it demonstrates altered art as well.  Though readers may not be able to find the exact items used in this project book, I think the ideas can be adapted to other materials, if your… Read More »

Glorious Glues! Art with Adhesives, Paula Guhin

With Glorious Glues! Art with Adhesives, art Teacher Paula Guhin has put together a wonderful little book that showcases the many uses of glue in art making. All of her projects are rated either easy, moderate or advanced and can be used with all ages. The lessons are well written and easy to follow. Tips to evaluate the artwork are included at the end of each lesson. Both 2-D and… Read More »