Lazy days of summer...
Ah those lazy days of summer...I hope they never end!
What could be better than a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade and a great stack of books?
My beloved took me to the library Saturday and here is what I found.
Julie Zickafoose comes from my neck of the woods. She is a lovely watercolor artist who focuses on birds and nature. My husband and I met her at one of the art shows a few years ago. She paints the things I love. Her latest book is the "Blue Bird Effect".
Then I discoverd a new biography about Beatrix Potter written by Linda Lear. Beatrix's work inspires me. Her drawings of rabbits and the whimsical creatures of nature are such a delight. This book has some fine illustrations within. Good reading for those moments just before sleep falls.
Marie Angel wrote a great book on painting for Calligraphers. There is some beautiful art featured through out. A great deal of it is miniature which I find so intriguing. Judith Martin's book on "Mastering Sketching" features all the different aspects of this important exercise . Stanley Maltzman's "drawing trees step by step" is a revisit for me. His examples are so helpful. Carla Sonheim has written "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists". I read "Collage Lab" by her. She has some great tips and fun things to try. Finally "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed" by Seth Apter promises to get some creative ideas flowing.
Are not books the best? It is such a priviledge to be able to go to the library and find such treats.
Well now you know what I will be doing for the next few days.
Hope you find some time for reading as well!