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ArtWench
03-22-2003, 01:29 PM
Hi---- I've been looking for fictional & non-fictional books about art & artists which are inspirational and uplifting. I read quite a lot and have noticed that my reading material really affects my moods and my focus so I want to direct my energies in a positive way. Anyone have any recommendations?

I already have many books like The Artist Way. Guess I am now seeking novels and biographies.

Cathy Morgan
03-22-2003, 10:08 PM
Recently I read The Unknown Matisse: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Early Years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling. I found it at the library but here's a link to it at amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0679434283/qid=1048389010/sr=1-10/ref=sr_1_10/002-9502874-3240843?v=glance&s=books). I found it inspiring. Courage is contagious. It also made me want to read more about Cezanne.

ArtWench
03-23-2003, 12:12 AM
Originally posted by Cathy Morgan
Recently I read The Unknown Matisse: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Early Years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling. I found it at the library but here's a link to it at amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0679434283/qid=1048389010/sr=1-10/ref=sr_1_10/002-9502874-3240843?v=glance&s=books). I found it inspiring. Courage is contagious. It also made me want to read more about Cezanne.

Thanks Cathy! I'll check it out! Btw.... Do you live up I-85? I'm in Dacula.

Rose Queen
03-23-2003, 03:16 PM
I recommend just about anything Beth Hodgson has done. Her books include Opium , Paris Out of Hand , The Sensualist , and Hippolyte's Island . She integrates text and image in a skillful sort of collage.



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Cathy Morgan
03-23-2003, 11:15 PM
Angela asked if I live up I-85 (from Atlanta, Georgia.) Yes, off the Gainesville connector (985) between Clarkesville and Helen.

ArtWench
03-24-2003, 12:27 AM
Originally posted by Cathy Morgan
Angela asked if I live up I-85 (from Atlanta, Georgia.) Yes, off the Gainesville connector (985) between Clarkesville and Helen.

Beautiful area! Hey there to a fellow North Georgian!

ArtWench
03-24-2003, 12:29 AM
Originally posted by Rose Queen
I recommend just about anything Beth Hodgson has done. Her books include Opium , Paris Out of Hand , The Sensualist , and Hippolyte's Island . She integrates text and image in a skillful sort of collage.

Wonderful! Thank you! Can't wait to delve into the suggested volumes!

melaleuca
03-24-2003, 06:25 PM
Originally posted by Rose Queen
I recommend just about anything Beth Hodgson has done. Her books include Opium , Paris Out of Hand , The Sensualist , and Hippolyte's Island . She integrates text and image in a skillful sort of collage.


Wow - that description reminds me of Nick Bantock creations!! Am drunk in love with his books. I have his first Griffin & Sabine trilogy. And I bought The Gryphon & Alexandria for myself last Christmas.

Anyhow - I had to do a search on Amazon for Beth Hodgson.

I'll make a small correction here - her name is BARBARA HODGSON.
I was quite deligted to note that people who bought her stuff also bought books by Nick Bantock. So I'm sure to enjoy this. :clap:

Thanks, Rose, for this list.

I haven't read the Matisse book though - will check the library.

And I do recommend Nick Bantock.

Rose Queen
03-24-2003, 06:39 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by melaleuca Wow - that description reminds me of Nick Bantock creations!!

I'll make a small correction here - her name is BARBARA HODGSON.


:o Thanks for the correction, melaleuca! How embarrassing, especially since I've actually met her! You'd love Paris Out of Hand, because Nick Bantock is one of the co-authors! Apparently he and Barbara live near each other in British Columbia and are good friends.

If you decide you want to buy the books after you look at them from the library, I recommend the online used booksellers. These are the kinds of books that often get given as gifts and wind up rather quickly in the used bookstores if the giver didn't guess the givee's taste too well! I found all mine at abebooks.com for far less than full price and they were all in perfect condition!



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Ron van den Boogaard
04-02-2003, 12:37 PM
Might seem a bit off, but it isn't -well, at least for me-
the biographies of Keith Richard, Lou Reed and Andy Warhol by Viktor Borkris and the one on Richard Branson by Richard Branson.

ArtWench
04-02-2003, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by Ron van den Boogaard
Might seem a bit off, but it isn't -well, at least for me-
the biographies of Keith Richard, Lou Reed and Andy Warhol by Viktor Borkris and the one on Richard Branson by Richard Branson.

No, doesn't sound odd at all to me. I love to listen to music when I'm drawing and music is another creative enterprise....

The Lou Reed might be a bit dark though if it is anything like his music!

DanaT
04-10-2003, 11:46 AM
My favorite book about an artist is the Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone. It chronicles the life of Michaelangelo.

I don't know whether it is 100% positive (Agony IS in the title ;) ) but that was the book that convinced me to learn how to draw so I can definitely say that it moved me to pick up a pencil and do something.

ArtWench
04-10-2003, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by DanaT
My favorite book about an artist is the Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone. It chronicles the life of Michaelangelo.


Irving Stone is a fabulous author. I have a copy of Lust for Life by him which is about Vincent Van Gogh; however, it tends to be quite depressing. Vincent was a fascinating, yet tortured soul!

I'll have to pick up the Agony & the Ecstasy... I think I may have read it many years ago... Can't recall.

Cathy Morgan
04-12-2003, 03:37 PM
This book, Gwen John: A Painter's Life, by Sue Roe, is one of the best I've read this year. Gwen John, born in 1876, was Rodin's model and muse, and became a successful painter. I found this book sometimes illuminating, sometimes sad, always interesting. One thing that I realized from reading this and the book on Matisee: the Early Years, is how much these artists studied. They studied in classes, studied alone, but were just always studying. None of this "now I have a degree, let's make money" or "now I've learned this skill, let's make money." It was all about getting better. The money was to buy paint and brushes so they could go on getting better.

ArtWench
04-12-2003, 04:39 PM
Cathy, thanks for the title! I'll check it out.

And good point... I know too many young wanna-bes who don't want to bother with the dedication which it takes to live the artist's life. Without the dedication and study, an artist becomes stagnant, ceasing all growth. And what use is a life without growth?

Ron van den Boogaard
04-14-2003, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by cathexis

The Lou Reed might be a bit dark though if it is anything like his music!

Hmmm, never thought of it as dark, but as non-fictional music goes: ever heard his and John Cale's "Songs for Drella"? A sort of opera abour/for Andy Warhol. Fabulous!

ArtWench
04-15-2003, 12:39 AM
Originally posted by Ron van den Boogaard


Hmmm, never thought of it as dark, but as non-fictional music goes: ever heard his and John Cale's "Songs for Drella"? A sort of opera abour/for Andy Warhol. Fabulous!

Sure have! My husband is a huge fan of John Cale and we were given that CD by a friend. I do admit, I loved it!

calvo
04-15-2003, 10:57 AM
Try "Rembrant's Eyes" by Simon Schama. A long biography, but filled with paintings, and background material. If you finish it without trying to copy at least one of the self-portraits, you'll do better than I did.

"Hi" to all my fellow Georgians who are holding a conversation in the background of this thread.

Calvo

ArtWench
04-15-2003, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, Calvo! I will look into it!

So you are near the GA/SC border aren't you? Gee, we sure do have a lot of Georgians at WetCanvas! Hmmmm.... Wonder if Scott has ever broken down the membership demographically?