Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Secret Sunday was the first project and the links to all the secrets can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The Book Guild is the second project and Chapter 9 starts right now!
All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite art books. The Book Guild will present this list, along with links, book reviews, giveaways, and interviews with many of your favorite authors. And as members of The Guild, I am hoping YOU will participate by leaving comments related to the books in each post - for example thoughts, book reviews, personal experiences, or a link back to your own blog posts that include artwork based on a project in the listed book.
Chapter 9: Inspire
Art.Rage.Us.: Art and Writing by Women with Breast Cancer
Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky
Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit by Corita Kent & Jan Steward
Lani Gerity Glanville
Ordinary Sparkling Moments: Reflections on Success and Contentment by Christine Mason Miller
Books are hard to list, I have way too many favorites. But if I have to pick one, let it be Ordinary Sparkling Moments by Christine Mason Miller. It's an inspiring read AND the whole thing is done like a very nice art journal. She's fabulous!
Art from Intuition: Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art by Dean Nimmer
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
My favorite book this year has been Maira Kalman's "The Principles of Uncertainty" that I found by chance on clearance at Barnes & Noble! I love her art combined with her writing that reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut. The book is a pure delight.
The Power of Your Other Hand: A Course in Channeling the Inner Wisdom of the Right Brain by Lucia Capacchione
Sark's New Creative Companion: Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit
This book is a self-help book that centers on our need to create art. I'm afraid a lot of us artists deal with issues like depression and feelings of low self-esteem. Just reading a couple of pages of any of SARK's books make me feel like I can keep on going and start creating. I have six of her books and love each one.
Nancy Neva Gagliano
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
Nancy Neva Gagliano
Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action by Frederick Franck