Month: January 2018

Annie Dillard – The Writing Life

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Ursula K Le Guin – No Time To Spare

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King

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Ink portrait of MLK for Martin Luther King Day. 6×4 inches Ink on watercolor paper.

6x4 inches Ink on Watercolor Paper

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6×4 inches
Ink on Watercolor Paper

Categories: Art, my art

Jay Defeo and The Rose

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Jay Defeo worked on the massive painting, The Rose, for 8 years. When it was removed from her apartment, it basically went into storage for almost 30 years, before being restored and conserved by the Whitney museum.The artist never got to see her most famous piece hanging in a museum like she wanted. This book of essays, and photos, gives a good overview of The Rose’s and Jay Defeo’s place in art history.


Categories: Art, books, Uncategorized

Chuck Close: Work

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This is not a book, it’s a TOME. It’s 12x14x2 inches and you could kill a cat with it. I read Finch’s Chuck Close: Life before this, so there’s a lot that is already covered, but this book is worth it for the giant pictures, and more detail on process. This is the 2010 edition, there is a newer one that updates to 2014 (I think), but there doesn’t seem to be that much more in it, just a few more pages.


Categories: books

The Principles of Uncertainty

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This is a great Artist’s memoir, with nice art, and text that ties in history with biography and travel. It’s a fast read also.

Categories: Art, books

Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous

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I saw this at Goodwill for $2, and thought I’d give it a try. Not for me. Basically it’s “Art (or spontaneous art rather process) as therapy”. There are better books on that, and also on using the process to make art. She focuses on spontaneous process, which is fine if you need to work through some stuff, but she doesn’t want you to show the result, because “it’s not important”, It’s just a product.
So kinda woo-woo, and not much there for an artist who wants to share an end result, which is what artists do, but if you are not a painter, and want to work on “creativity” you might get something out of this.

Categories: books

My Top 10 Reads From 2017

I read 41 books last year (not as many as I wanted, but not bad), here are my 10 favorites, in no particular order. These don’t include short or monthly comics, or art catalogues.










Categories: books