Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Book Guild - Chapter 21

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 21 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 21: The Library

Chris O'Brien, Nancy Neva Gagliano, Sally Turlington, and Regina Dwarkasing all selected Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators as a favorite.

Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators

Both Grrl and Becky New favorited Sabrina Ward Harrison. Grrl said "again and again I return to the work of Sabrina Ward Harrison."

Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself

The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery : Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artist Journals, and More

Jacquelyn Berl and Mary Layman both selected Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium by Nancy Reyner as a favorite. Mary adds "this is a great "go to" book that offers techniques for working with all types of acrylic mediums."

Acrylic Revolution: New Tricks and Techniques for Working with the World's Most Versatile Medium

Kristy Christopherson chose Arteffects by Jean Green as her favorite.

Arteffects (Practical Art Books)

Lisa Jurist selected Peter Beard, Volumes I and II as her favorite. Lisa writes "Beard’s captivating art and photography capture the essence of his life experiences. His photographic subjects range from fashion models in unexpected settings to poignant scenes of decomposed African elephants. In the later case, some of his collages actually incorporate bits of these animals documenting the destruction of their habitat and the resulting deaths of over 35,000 elephants in the mid 1960s. His unique collages and diaries are thoughtful, uninhibited, passionate works of art embedded with startling and unusual elements. The scope of Beard’s work as an artist and an environmentalist is extraordinarily inspiring and profound."

Peter Beard

Peggy Piro selected Kaleidoscope: Ideas And Projects to Spark Your Creativity by Suzanne Simanaitis as her favorite. She added "it is the best go-make-something-awesome book of inspiration I’ve come across in years."
Kaleidoscope: Ideas & Projects to Spark Your Creativity


by Carol Troven, Judith Barter, Elliot Davis, and Edward Hopper as her favorite. Rita says "I bought this book at the Museum of Fine Arts gift shop in Boston MA. after attending the Edward Hopper exhibit in August 2007. It was a breathtaking exhibit and as I'm a huge fan of Hopper's style, to see the paintings in person was wonderful. The book sits atop my coffee table so I can flip through it often.

Edward Hopper

Karin Bartimole chose The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts by Krystyna Wasserman, Johanna Drucker, and Audrey Niffeneggeras her current favorite.

The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Veronica Funk picked Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap by Bernie Berlin as her favorite. Veronica adds "since I began altering my journals/sketchbooks and then when became involved in the Inner Works project, this book has been an invaluable source of ideas, technical advice and inspiration."

Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap


Both Brian Kasstle and &rew Borloz chose Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler as a favorite. This double choice is being celebrated today with a giveaway for 2 copies of Good Mail Day.

Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art

To participate, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by next Saturday September 4. The winners will be announced Sunday September 5 as part of the next post for The Book Guild. Good luck!


giddy up said...

I love seeing your list of books, I see a couple on here that I have to check out. Thanks!

Giovanna Scott said...

Thanks for the list Seth. Been looking for fresh inspiration. Will check them out.

Mescrap said...

Thank you Seth for this compilation.
I love seeing what others reading on.

Jacky said...

More great books. Great way to see what books are out there and hear why others love them.

I particularly love the Peter Beard books (must save and get one), I hear so much about them.

Jacky xox

xxx said...

Great list of books and wonderful concept.

Thanks for sharing.

lyle baxter said...

seth - what would we do without books? I'd love to have them all.I would especially like to have this one as I do a fair amount of mail art and am always looking for new ideas! thanks for putting all these books on your blog as temptation!

MrCachet said...

HEY, Seth! Count me in! Since beginning the Old Paper thing, I've followed through with mail art thank you's to everyone who has purchased one of my pieces. Not only that, but it has led to two repeat customers so far, and you can't beat that with a stick.

With the USPS complaining about mail volume being down, the best way to ensure you aren't forgotten is to send someone a piece of mail art. I know I look in my mail box to find ads for credit cards and bills and I wish someone would send me some FIRST CLASS mail, which is what mail art really is.

I gotta get me a copy of this book!

marianne said...

i am always tickled to see how many of my favorite books show up on these lists- nancy reynor's acrylic revolution is often propped open, or leafed through for ideas, and art revolution has great ideas as well! now to pick up a few of the others....

MrCachet said...

I had to come back - Rita's choice of Edward Hopper gives her a chance to do a little mail art in 2011. The Edward Hopper USPS commemorative stamp was supposed to have been issued last year - but wasn't. It has been added to the stamp program for 2011. I know I'm going to be using it on mail, but I haven't decided on whether to do a cachet for the issue.

Regardless, the painting to be used for the stamp is titled "The Long Leg", and depicts a sailboat with a lighthouse in the background. I don't know if it was part of the exhibition she saw, but she will have a chance to see how well they did in reproducing it in miniature.

Cheryl Connell said...

I'd love to add this to my collection of art books!



Sharon Tomlinson said...

Thanks for the list. I will be checking out a couple of them. I love a good Mail day and would be thrilled to win the book too.

Lisa said...

It's always so nice to see and hear what inspires others. Edward Hopper is one of my favorites as well.
Thanks for the mention...creating these lists with all the links must be keeping you quite busy!

Kathryn Dyche said...


Some great looking books among this collection, going to have to check them out for some new reading material. I've been eyeing up the Trading Card one for a while, think I'll take the plunge.

I just got done reading Wide Open (which covers art journaling). It's not in the traditional format and I loved it.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I didn't recognize my name (without Bleubeard) until I moused over the link. Thanks for the compilation and for all the wonderful books you are bringing to this blogging community. We all owe you a great big thank you for all the time you put into these Sunday posts.

studioJudith said...

What a great collection of favorites!
Some are also my personal favs,
others are new to me and will surely be on my list ... .
Thanks Seth -

Erin in Morro Bay said...

Who doesn't like good mail?! The lists of books has been fantastic. As a librarian/artist I'm often asked to suggest books in the mixed media area. It was fun, over the last few month,s to discover a few here that were new to me.

bockel24 said...

This book looks quite interesting, and I´ve never heard about it - so please add my name to your lottery!

Jessica said...

More books to add to the ever-growing list! Thanks for the chance to win - a girl can never have too much inspiration.

jill Zaheer said...

How can you be up to Chapter 21 already?? Another great listing of such varied and interesting books from so many different people. Love that there is such a diversity of books in this week's library! Thanks for continuing to put all of these favorites together for us! What a wonderful "gift" to be able to receive each week!!

Gaby Bee said...

I love a good Mail day :-) This would be a great book to add to my collection.
I will be checking out some books from your list also. Thanks for the inspiration, Seth!

lizzie said...
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lizzie said...

Some of these books I have read or I have and the rest are now on my list of books to check out.

Parabolic Muse said...

Okay, you know what? I love that book Kaleidoscope! And I've never heard anyone else mention it! It's a good one.

I have been looking for Becky New's blog, and I see there's no link for her here, either! I guess she's not blogging right now...

But, besides all that, I want free things that look yummy. Send it over... In the MAIL!! get it?! HA.


Anonymous said...

Books are AWESOME! And so are your lists, Thanks for yet another inspiring one. As for me, Sabrina ward Harrison books are literally visual feasts.

Coffee Messiah said...

It's always interesting to see what others are reading.

don't count me in on the giveaway. i have it, as a friend is mentioned in it from chicago, via sf.


Gill said...

I love reading about other people's book recommendations!
Thank you

Angie said...

Love the look of ALL the books, some I know very well. 'Arteffects' by Jean Green has many artists that I knew when I had a gallery.

Sizun said...

Thank you for compiling these book lists. Such a great lead to useful and charming dixcoveries. Mail art might be added to my list of to-try-my-hand-ats...

Trix said...

Fortunately I was able to lay my hands on Bernie Berlin's book, but I would like to look at this one too.
So please, count me in!

Corrine said...

Another delicious book list. I have a few of them, but you can never have too many. Always good for an inspiration boost.

angryparsnip said...

You have the most interesting book to check out and magazines too !

Thank You so much.

cheers, parsnip

Julie Shackson said...

Great list! Since I really like the books here that I've already got, I thought I'd order two of the one's I haven't got and they're winging they're way to me now. Thanks!

ArtPropelled said...

Two chances to win? Please count me in!

.Trudi Sissons said...

This looks like it might be a great book for inspiration!

Robert said...

I've thumbed through this book in my local bookstore, and it's full of terrific inspiration. What a + that the two winners will receive original mail art from the author!

Dianne said...

so many books, so little time! these recommendations help sort through the best...

Amanda said...

and off to Amazon I go again!

Natasha said...

More books for my wishlist!! Thank you for the work you are doing compiling these lists and than you for the opportunity to win one! :)

azviatx said...

As someone who works in an all used bookstore, I am privy to many of these wonderful titles at un- believable prices. Now though, I will actually purchase more of them since I am able to read what folks in the field are saying about them and using them for. This is a remarkable idea that really should've been done ages ago. Much appreciated, redopal

Tattered and Lost said...

Just found you through MrCatchet's OLD PAPER ART blog. Some great book recommendations. And I'll have to delve deeper into your site. Been designing books for nearly 40 years. Need to take my skills in a different direction.

Theresa Plas said...

Thanks for compiling this art book list Seth! Great to see folks picks and why they recommend them!

Maggie Ruley said...

I own several of these books, but now I want more.

Terri said...

Great review post. I love art books and really enjoy seeing what others are doing and how they do it.
The mail art book is one I have never seen and would love to win.
Thank you for the chance.