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Saturday Finds

November 8, 2008

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Overcoming Resistance)
I can recommend this excellent book for artists, because I read excerpts from it this morning over coffee with Candace Knapp. She was reading it when I showed up, and so she shared it with me. It deals with resistance in all of its guises and is one of those books that you can open to any page and get a message that will give you a boost for the day. I’m going to add it to my library.

Sound Art
Imagine creating background music for one of your visual art installations, or creating sound art for its own sake. I would love to attend a sound workshop or class.

Fleshing out kids’ art – Illustrator Dave DeVries
answers the question “What would happen if a child’s drawing were painted realistically?” If you visit the site from the above link, be sure to watch the movie, in which he explains the inspirations for his ingenious illustrations. I have always loved kids’ art and can never see enough of it. This takes it into the realm of collaboration.

Collage Clearinghouse
Here is a great place to hang out and get a sampling of what’s going on in the world of collage. Some of my favorites are here, including Jonathan Talbot, whose collage workshop I attended two years ago.

Have a great weekend!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2008 9:04 pm

    Great ideas Martha. Thanks.

  2. November 10, 2008 1:45 pm

    I love the “war on art” it’s a great read and so quick too. It helps you see what you could be subconsciously saying to yourself to keep from pursuing your art. I usually try to give away my books for space reasons but I’ve held on to this one because I know it’s a good book to have on hand.
    I haven’t read any of the other books but I’ll definitely check them out. Thanks for the suggestions Martha.

  3. November 10, 2008 3:05 pm

    Glad you enjoyed them, Vikki!

    Elisa, another one I love is “Art and Fear.” I think it’s out of print maybe, but can still be ordered used.

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