My Art Book Wish List 2019
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
Each fall I compile a list of my favorite art books. My hope is to inspire you to keep your world brimming with creative inspiration and encouragement, as I find this is an essential part of feeding my own art practice. This year, I’ve included a few books I’ve read in 2019, but it’s mostly my art book wish list for 2019. I hope you put some of these on your wish list, and I’d love to hear which art books you loved in 2019 in the comments.
A Big Important Artist: A Womanual – Danielle Krysa
After I read A Big Important Art Book, Now with Women, of course I’ve been waiting eagerly for the follow up, full of creative projects and inspiration. She had me at sarcastic feminist art book.
I pretty much love everything this woman puts out into the world in terms of books. She is all about creative empowerment and having fun with art.
Ahem – yes, another Lisa Congdon book, and we are still in the titles that I am wishing for, and this one made the list another year too, I think, so – hello – husband? Do you ever read this blog? No? That’s okay.
The Sketchbook Project World Tour – Steven Peterman
You probably know I LOVE The Sketchbook Project, and have 1 journal in the collection, and am working on a second. (Slowly, slowly.) I’ve been wanting this book full of sketchbook inspiration from all over the world for a while. When I sat in the Sketchbook Library where the majority of the sketchbooks are housed and paged through several, it was a moving experience. You can read more about my Sketchbook Project journal here.
Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance – Julia Cameron
This September I had the honor of teaching at The Gathering of the Creatives with Julia Cameron. During her keynote, she talked about a number of the exercises from this book – which is all about overcoming creative droughts. I can’t wait to sink into it.
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Andrew Wyeth: Memory & Magic – Anne Knutson
This is a book I got out of my local library and had the pleasure of studying at night in bed. I’ve been enamored with pattern and detail in my art for a few years, and this man was the master of it. Just page through his work and stare in wonder.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
I put this on the list last year too, but I’ve referenced it so much with students and mentoring clients this year that I want to include it again. Liz – she lets me call her that, you know, when I comment on her Instagram post along with 15K other people- anyway, Liz has a way of putting things like no one else. Like, your inner critic can come along for the ride when you create things, but she can’t drive. It’s such a clear image.
What books are making your creative life twinkle?