Friday, August 5, 2011

Reading List

In preparation for teaching assignments during the past two years I have done a good deal of reading and I want to share some of that reading with you.

I think all of these books can be easily located and often you can find very nice used copies.

There is something of value in all of these book but my favorites are in BLUE. Good Reading!

The View from the Studio Door - How artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World by Ted Orland

Creative Is A Verb - If You're Alive You're Creative - Patti Digh

The War of Art - Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Trust the Process - An Artist's Guide to Letting Go by Shaun McNiff

I'd rather be in the studio - The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self Promotion by Alyson B. Stanfield

The Creative Habit - Learn It and Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp

Art & Fear - Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland

bird by bird - Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Chance - Documents of Contemporary Art edited by Margaret Iversen

Design - A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists & Craftspeople by Steven Aimone

Expressive Drawing - A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within by Steven Aimone

Why Is That Art? - Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art by Terry Barrett

Digital Essentials - the quilt maker's must-have guide to images, files, and more! by Gloria Hansen

Maximum Achievement - Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed - by Brian Tracy - This book is excellent. I might not have been interested because of the title but it was recommended to me by someone I really respect and it is a gem. Read it with a friend and let me know what you think.

There are a few more which I will add to my list when I've finished reading. I'm adding this as a permanent part of my Pages which appear at the top right corner of the page.

What are some of your favorite books relating to art, artist and life?

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  1. Have you been peeking at my bookshelf? I own all but two of these, though the titles I haven't read are both marked blue, so it is time to get out the book list.....

    Thanks Terry!

  2. Hmmm. . . I see I'll be spending even more time at the library. I have some, but not all, of these.

  3. Thanks! I've read three of these and will add the others to the to-read list.
    Here's one from my shelf that really reasonated for me: The Art of the Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau. It's not about art per se but it speaks to the core of what artists do - seek.

  4. Yes, many of these books have become standards and I think that is because they are solid! I have only one book on my bookshelf that I tried to read but found it wasn't right for me and I didn't list that one....can't recommend something I couldn't read.

    I will add The Art of the Pilgrimage to my list. Thank you!

    Carol, I bet many of our book shelves could be interchanged ;-)

  5. What a great list, Terry! I also love Leaving a Trace, and How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist.

  6. At this rate, I'll never get back to my trashy romances (grin)- thanks Terry for the push I need to start reading books that are NOT turning my mind to mush. Besides the next time I'm asked what I'm reading - I'll have a nice learned answer!

  7. Nice list. "The Confident Creative. Drawing to Free the Hand and the Mind" by Cat Bennett is A+. Her blog is
    Cat Bennett: Artists of a Brave New World.

  8. Thank you Christine! I'm going to add these suggestions to the reading list on my Pages as well as my personal list. Thank you also for the link.

  9. Great list--I look forward to checking these books out. I also loved the Twyla Tharp book and "Art & Fear".

    I've begun "No More Secondhand Art" by Peter London and am finding parts of it very interesting.

    I also love reading the weekly letters from Robert Genn.

  10. Thank you Elizabeth. I don't know the book by Peter London so I'll check it out and will add it to my list on Pages. Thank you for your suggestions!

  11. I have a number of the same books you have- favorites of mine are ART AND FEAR.. BIRD BY BIRD... DESIGN by Steve Aimone.. I have both his books.. I also have NO MORE SECOND HAND ART.. all good books!

  12. Thank you! I am not familiar with No More Second Hand Art so I will check it out. Thank you for commenting!