I've just finished Ken Howard's autobiography "Light and Dark" and found it very inspiring (and actually very well written). A great insight into the life of a talented and successful painter with some meaningful thoughts about the Art of painting, the world of Art and about life generally.
|Ken Howard - Autobiography Light and Dark|
This gave me the idea to write a post about all my favourite art books, the ones I have in turn on my bedside table; the ones that have the page corners folded for future reference and that are often stained with some paint here and there because they live in the studio and are an eternal source of inspiration. Here is below a (small) selection from my collection:
First a few painting guides books, great for problem solving:
|Alla Prima by Al Gury|
|Capturing the moment in oils by David Curtis|
|Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson|
|Oil painting Pure and Simple by Ron Ranson and Trevor Chamberlain|
|Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Linda Cateura|
And here are my favourite artists books and catalogues:
|Edward Seago - The Landscape Art by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and James W. Reid|
|Edward Seago - The Vintage Years by Ron Ranson|
|Edward Seago by Ron Ranson|
|Isaak Levitan - Lyrical Landscape by Averil King|
|Ken Howard - A personal view Inspired by light|
|Nicolae Grigorescu - Itinéraire d'un peintre romain|
|Peter Brown - Bath Between the Snows|
|Peter Brown - Brown's Oil Sketches|
|Sickert in Venice by Robert Upstone|
|The Art of Edward Wesson by Ron Ranson|
|Tom Coates' Exhibition catalogue - Messum's 2011|
|The Glasgow Boys by Roger Billcliffe|
By looking at this, I realise how "english" my selection is! I might be belgian but I've definitely embraced the Art of my adoptive country!
If you have any other books you would recommend feel free to let me know...