I don't quite know how this is going to work but I want to post a regular column on my personal book reviews. I am a bookworm, a book fiend, a voracious reader...you get the point! So I thought I would share books that I think are just over the top fantastic. It's still all in the hatching stages...so I am not sure if I would write a post every Friday, or say...bi-monthly or even once a month? I would appreciate any input you may have...Well, lets start shall we!
This book right here Collage Techniques by Gerald Brommer is indispensable in my studio. I bought it many years ago and constantly refer to it. He covers basic materials and techniques, all kinds of papers (washi, stained, prepared, found) + photos and fabric. He also has chapters on design, still life, portrait, abstract and includes tons of artists in this book. A few faves...Stephen Quiller (he lives in Colorado and I love his collaged landscapes), Alexander Nepote (I love his abstracts + light...very minimalist) and of course..I love Brommers work! He captures mood and atmosphere perfectly.This book is chock full of tips and techniques and it has changed the way I work.
* A few tips I have picked up about books...
-If I want to purchase a specific book, I check Alibris first (they have great prices!) and then Amazon for new releases.
-I shop used bookstores to just generally look for books that interest me.
-when I lived in Canada I used the library all the time..our system is fantastic up there. In the U.S. I find it depends on where you live; some libraries are great and some are really inadequate.
If you have any tips you would like to share..I would love to know!
**Oh!! I have been tinkering with my blog (new header + a few other things here and there)...nothing major but please let me know what you think! I am a bit afraid to mess around with it too much...I have this recurring nightmare where I think my whole blog will just disappear into space!! Thanks so much!!