Art Book Recommendations









Yay!!!! I’ve reclaimed my time! It’s a precious commodity you know? And, after last week’s realizations about “over-helping” others and running into a lack of time to pursue my own goals, I’m stepping into the space of taking a big breath, relishing time in my studio and developing my new painting series of ‘Love Songs.’ When they’re ready for prime time, I’ll be sure to share some photos with you!

Given my new found space and potential, I have a bit of leisure time and am ready for a good read. Well, of course, it should be an art book….or something related to creativity. So, I thought maybe you could help me with some recommendations. I’ve started a list to share with you of some of my favourites. These include:

Improving the Workings Between Your Ears

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Steal Like an Artist – Austin Kleon

Show Your Work – Austin Kleon

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking – David Bayles and Ted Orland

Improving the Workings in Your Studio

The Creative Edge – Mary Todd Beam

I’d Rather Be In the Studio – Alyson B. Stanfield

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards

 Voyeurism of Other ArtistsArt Book Recommendations

Inside the Painter’s Studio – Joe Fig

Art History

Art of the Twentieth Century – Flaminio Gualdoni

The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism – Susan Landauer

Art – Everything You Need to Know About The Greatest Artists and Their Work – Susie Hodge

Modernists in Taos – David L. Witt

Okie, dokie, so….I’ve shown you mine, show me yours! Feel free to leave a bit about why it’s one of your favourites – or at least how you would categorize the book. Come on, I KNOW you artists are wonderful book collectors – please share!

Hopefully we’ll all find some good books to read.

[Tweet “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands. – Neil Gaiman”]




Michelle Andres is a writer and artist. She writes this blog to share tips for a well-lived Studio Selfielife and finely run art business…just for you!

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