Art Books With Homegrown Tomatoes: Daily Art Practice
I thought I would share some recent art that I have enjoyed. I check out a lot of books from our local library as they have a great inter-library loan program. I can get almost any book.
This book was very interesting as it had tutorials for making your own art materials. I am particularly interested in trying the homemade watercolor pigments once I get Gum Arabic. I love the idea of finding items from my backyard or garden and grinding them into powder to make my own paints.
Sketching People by Lynne Chapman has a lot of great tips and examples of sketching people in an urban setting.
How to Make Hand Drawn Maps I LOVED this book and am hoping to get a copy of my own. Maps are so fun and a great addition to a vacation or travel journal/album. This book gave so many ideas of how to personalize maps in a creative way.
The Golden Secrets of Lettering Creative lettering looks great on any project and this book has some inspiration and instruction that was easy for someone like me to understand.
Urban Watercolor Sketching I would highly recommend this to anyone that is starting watercolor. I am not sure why the word “Urban” is in the title because it reads more like a watercolor handbook to me. It goes through tools, palettes, color theory etc. and has so many great examples of Felix Scheinberger’s art, which is unique and very cool. I plan on buying this book as well.
Dare to Sketch Another Felix Scheinberger book that has a lot of his sketches and helpful hints on urban sketching. I like this book more for the artwork than for the tips.
Daily Art Practice
I am still experiencing art block but I am still forcing myself to create, even if it is bad. At the beginning of the week, I sat in front of some tomatoes on my counter inked them and painted them with watercolor. They say drawing from life is a great way to learn to “see.” I need to practice this more.
My daughter loves art and we got this book from the library. It was cute and we really enjoyed the exercises at the end of the book.
One of the exercises was to start with a box, add eyes and a nose, add a silly hat and then add a circle friend to the side. My daughter’s is on the left and mine on the right. We had fun doing this while sitting next to each other. The entire thing was done in ink pens.
I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My drink today is French Vanilla Cappuccino . I usually share tea but I thought I would try something new today as I don’t have any new teas to share. My hubby and I enjoy one of these cappuccinos in the evenings, if we have enough calories left. Occasionally, I drink this with almond milk but it is good with water.
What are some of your favorite art books?
Happy Tea Day,