Tag Archives: art books

Altered Curiosities, by Jane Ann Wynn

Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects, by Jane Ann Wynn is one of those rare books that delivers more than it promises. If you’re like me, you’ve seen books that claim to be “a workshop in a book,” and then… well, they don’t quite live up to their promises. Altered Curiosities really is like a workshop in a book.  Ms. Wynn shows exactly how to work with things like metal,… Read More »

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 »

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 »