Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book Guild - Chapter 9



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.
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Chapter 9: Inspire

Art.Rage.Us.: Art and Writing by Women with Breast Cancer


JoAnnA Pierotti

Art.Rage.Us.: Art and Writing by Women with Breast Cancer






Concerning the Spiritual in Art


CW Slade

Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky







Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit


Kelly Kilmer

Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit by Corita Kent & Jan Steward






Ordinary Sparkling Moments: Reflections on Success and Contentment


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


Linda Germain

Art from Intuition: Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art by Dean Nimmer






The Principles of Uncertainty


Marie Danti

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


Vivian Bonder

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


William Charlebois

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.


The Art Spirit


Nancy Neva Gagliano

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri







Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action


Nancy Neva Gagliano

Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action by Frederick Franck

17 comments:

Lisa said...

Thanks for some great options that are off the beaten path!

Robyn said...

this is an absolutely delightful and beautiful concept :)

thanks for sharing

best wishes always for a lifetime filled with creativity :) robyn

Stephanie said...

Taking notes....always looking for a good inspirational book.

Love your wave series!!

x..x

ArtPropelled said...

My Kalahari wishlist is looking pretty full after reading this post. Aah well its a good habit to feed!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Nice, interesting hits. Thanks. -J

Chris said...

Thank you for this guild, because I have learned about new titles and been reminded of titles I've wanted to get. So intriguing.

Kathleen said...

Dear Seth,

I am sooooo mad at you! I've spent hours and hours "browsing" through these books AND the artists' websites AND posting comments and e-mails to the artists. Shame on you! (obviously kidding about being mad, your blog is the absolute best for inspiration, love you! swak)

Jill Zaheer said...

What a super Chapter 9- filled with such interesting books all on Inspiration! Can't wait to research each one- such a terrific preselected library by such amazing artists! What a wonderful treat!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Blogger has been down since yesterday in my area. I was finally able to post and leave comments this evening. That's why Sunday was cut short for me. I missed my Seth fix!

I have a friend whose MIL got breast cancer and she (my friend) bought the book Art.Rage.Us. She shared it with me and it was so poignant, heartfelt, and inspiring. She kept it for herself, never intending it for her MIL, but trying to understand this disease that takes so many women (and a few men). She said the book gave her comfort when she wanted to cry and she often turns to it today, even though her MIL died New Year's eve. Thanks for sharing and exposing this book to the world.

alteredbits said...

i always enjoy your book guild posts. it started out so fun with me reading along thinking "oh yes, great book. i have that. agreed. agreed...." this is the first book that i have neither seen or purchased any of the books and to me that's even more exciting. t hank you so much, seth!

layers said...

I always have to come to your blog when I have some time to explore and go to your links and so on... there is always so much information and inspiration in your posts!

Lisa H said...

I'd better apply for a job at AMAZON. Maybe I could be their resident AMAZON.

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful list and I agree with Neva the Franck book is wonderful!

Debrina said...

Well, you live and learn. I had know IDEA Lani had written a book!! Great selection of books here once again Seth and oh, btw, I'm back! Just put up a posting now...you might like the new Pulpy production...and tell me, have you visited French General (the Vintage notions store) in NY???

Debrina said...

Did I just write "know" instead of no? Time for bed then...

Joanie Hoffman said...

Thanks, Seth for this chapter of the Book Guild. I forgot I had Henri's book, which I will look for when I get home from work. And Sark, I haven't looked at Sark for years. And now I need/want to look for Kalman's book. Like AP wrote: "it's a good habit to read".
Happy days,
Joanie

neva gagliano said...

SUCH INSPIRING words in these titles just on their own!
spiritual, creative, free, sparkling, inner wisdom, intuition...!! whew....such a good surge!