Sunday, December 20, 2009

Secret Sunday 5

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!

Join the The Altered Page every Sunday for "Secret Sunday." Here the secrets of all your favorite artists will be revealed. It could be a technique, a product, a secret source, a little-known website, a hidden shop, an inspiration, just about anything! If you missed any, no worries. You can find links to all the secrets on the sidebar of my blog.

Today's secret.......Book Ends!

Gwen Buchanan

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!!

Maj Hoenborg
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)

Joanne Archer
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 the ONLY source to use when mastering staining and enameling with glass.

3. Arteffects is my favorite painting techniques source book.

Sally Turlington
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.

Pam McKnight
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.

Judith Stadler

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.


jill z said...

Another great sunday of inspiration and secret book favorites! t
s such a great assortment - from literature, ornaments, glass painting and fusing, art effects- which I definitely need to check out, zen and of course, my all time favorite- finding hidden great books from used book and thrift stores!! Love the links to purchase the books as well!

theresa martin said...

Great reading...I love the Sunday Secrets. Thanks everyone.

Ange said...

More reading to put on the Christmas list (oops - only 4 days to go...) Love the Zen idea one. I have just read a Zen painting book by Jeanne Carbonetti which I found really interesting so looking forward to trying that one too. Coping alright with all that work?

Lawendula said...

I love how you present the "secrets" and I'm looking forward to browsing through on every sunday (evening for me)...

layers said...

thanks so much Seth-- always on the look out for a book to add to my library -- found a few here!

sf said...

"Books, books, books. It was not that I read so many. I read and re-read the same ones. But all of them were necessary to me."

Unknown said...

Thanks again. I love reading and learning all the new secrets. I great way to start the week.

Patti Edmon Artist said...

these are great - what a source of inspiration and a variety of great ideas!
thanks for taking time to share all this wonderful info!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Secret Sunday has become one of my obsessions. I can't get through Sunday without checking your blog to see what goodies you will present for us to ponder.

The idea of grouping all these related secrets into one post is wonderful. Although each is different in its own way and message, the thread is still there. And the PHOTOS!!! Great post this week, Seth.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Thanks to all....Sunday Secrets are THE BEST!
Ho Ho Ho deep in snow here in Virginia!

Leslie said...

What a wonderfully varied collection of book secrets! Thanks!

Kim Palmer said...

Some fabulous books here. Wouldn't it be wonderful to just take the time to curl up and browse through them all!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Dear Seth ...I have been gone for a couple of days but coming home to secret Sundays is a moment in time to reflect and see what may bring inspiration in the journey. I look outside at the Big world of commercialism and I see how fast they want the world to move on their race track! I may not move very quickly these days but my hands have dreams of their own. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart