Do you want to know a secret?
Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals.
Over 150 (!) artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. And the first continues right now!
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Today's secret.......Book Ends!
Ornament...from the Industrial Revolution to Today by Stuart Durant, Overlook Press, pub. 1986 ISBN: 0879512199, hardcover
... sourcebook of decoration and design elements... beautifully produced with an exceptional amount of illustration, color and black and white... this is my most reached for book... I believe it is out of print... worthy of a search... I have seen it in second hand online book shops...
...isn't the cover beautiful!!
Blog: Second Nature
Books are my addiction and here are two sources of inspiration:
F.S.Meyer, Handbook der Ornamentik
An out of print series of books with wonderful illustrations and wood prints of animals and beasts from 1670 by Conrad Gesner (mine are reprints from 1981)
Blog: The Crow Road
I don't think I have a technique that is new to anyone reading this. I get a lot of inspiration from literature; I have a degree in Literature and Art History and that is my first love. My house is filled with books and my guilty pleasure is rummaging through charity shops for old ones to add to my collection. Sometimes it's the content that attracts me, sometimes the cover, or the foxed pages. One of the reasons I love Judy Wilkenfeld's work so much is that she creates the most beautiful, altered books that also tell a profound story. Sorry, it's not a secret, but it'll have to do!
Mary S Hunt
Blog: Working Projects
Etsy: Mary Hunt Studio
1. If you can't get to his camp for one on one...get his 3 books for working with warm glass...Boyce Lundstrom...the glass master!
Kiln Firing Glass: Glass Fusing Book One
Advanced Fusing Techniques
Fusing, Fusing, Fusing
2. Might be out of print...The Art of Painting on Glass by Albinas Elskus...is the ONLY source to use when mastering staining and enameling with glass.
3. Arteffects is my favorite painting techniques source book.
Blog: Imagine This
My best secret for motivation & idea generation is my collection of Graphic Design Annuals.
Tracie Lyn Huskamp
Blog: The Red Door Studio
I LOVE the book Beautiful Gems of Thought and Sentiment by Northrop.
Blog: Every Little Thing
Flickr: Pam McKnight
Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action by Fredrick Franck...this is a great book to read when you are feeling "uncreative" and stuck and need a boost. I have read it 3 times and I don't usually read a book more than once.
For resources to make art: You can find really great, interesting old used books for altering or collage papers in some local libraries in Manhattan. They often cost less than $1 each.
The book in Hebrew is A Little Town in Germany, by Le Carre. The Macbeth was published in 1889 and is also notable for the title on the spine being upside down. The Fearful Passage (the book to the left of Macbeth) was published the year of my birth.