Art Book Collection

Hi, everybody. This is a little embarrassing. These are my art books. About 10 years ago I was “into” painting, oil painting. I took classes in a nearby town with an “older” fella, Hank. What I learned in his classes I still use today for my photographs. Oh, for that matter, I still quote Hank to my kids. Hank says, “Let common sense prevail”. Now he WAS talking about painting and drawing, but still, it’s a useful quote, don’t you think?
 Okay, now we are going to enter into the NOT COMMON SENSE area in about one second. Here is my collection of “HOW TO” art books, how to draw, how to paint portraits, how to paint landscapes, etc.
This collection encompasses almost an entire bookcase. Oh, there are a few more stacks but I thought you’d get the idea from these pictures just how nuts I was interested I was in art books. I know, it’s over the top. It’s embarrassing. I beat Carol in overdoing something this time. She usually (about 90% of the time) can outdo me in obsessiveness. I just kept buying and buying all the books on art, in particular impressionism oil paintings. If I saw one I didn’t have I’d buy it. I have several more large volumes on Impressionism, too, but didn’t take pictures of those. My Mom has a saying, “Enough is enough.” These are definitely enough, don’t you think?

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There are some great drawing books here. “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” was great. “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” was great, too. “The Natural Way to Draw” – learned a lot from that book. Lots of books I never read, of course. I did skim them, though. Does that count? Maybe this will inspire me to open some of these volumes of information. Do you think so?
Best wishes,

Here are a few of my paintings – one  I painted of my mother and one of Carol’s grandkids at the beach.

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I am the crafter extraordinaire (on this blog anyway.) I live with my husband, my son, David, in a cozy cape cod style house in Connecticut.

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