It must be true that most passionate artists love to study other artists they admire. Whether it is for their sublime work, curiosity or to learn new things. We love to immerse ourselves in the world of art and books are one way to do this. Sometimes it may be procrastination that keeps my nose in an art book when I should be painting, but who cares. Reading about art is a great way to spend some quiet time to reflect and be inspired. These days with the magic of e-books I can get access to publications that are not available in my local bookstore. Within seconds! What a great time for book lovers!
Over the years I have accumulated a collection of books whether in print or digital. Some gather dust while others are dog-eared and paint splattered from regular use. Books are an essential part of an artist's studio so find a nook where you can put up shelves or a bookcase, get a comfy chair and read about art now and then. Of course this must be followed by work at the easel while fired with inspiration!
I have put a list together of my all time favorite art books. Perhaps you have some of these and a few that you may like to try. I am always on the lookout for new books too so please share your favorite books by leaving a reply below.
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There are of course many other books that cover every aspect of art. Read and be inspired to create your own art. It is a beautiful way to live. As these books also remind me - life must be enjoyed. Let us not take it all too seriously. Time is short.
What art books do you love?
PS: Check out this video where I show you three special books by my favorite contemporary painter.
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa