Friday, January 2, 2009
Art & Fear|Girl In Hyacinth Blue
We were walking along Main Street in Cambria and came upon a thrift store called Love Me Two Times. What a great name for a second hand store and what a great band The Doors were.
There is a little bit of everything in the store including a great selection of books. I found a couple of books I'd like to recommend. Most books I read I donate back to thrift stores, but I found two I'll be re-reading and also keeping for my library.
Art & Fear, Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking is written by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Each chapter is filled with any number of ideas, we as artists may have thought, and it helps to see these thoughts in print. Several folks in classroom settings have said I produce too much work. I was happy to see a chapter in the book suggesting lots of work is what should be done.
Girl in Hyacinth Blue written by Susan Vreeland is an historical fiction about the travels of a Vermeer painting over time. But it is written in reverse chronological order which gives an interesting twist to the story. This book is beautifully written and thought provoking. While reading, I found myself thinking about the purpose of art in my life and other's lives as well.
I highly recommend both of these books which can be enjoyed by not only those involved in the profession of art but by anyone else.