My dad is a little manic about asking
our family to get our holiday wish lists to him waaaaaaay before he has to
fight the crowds and wait in long lines. As usual, I'm procrastinating, but if
I were to give him my art wish list, I could have it ready and waiting for him
at a moment's notice.
|The Red Bow by Charles Webster Hawthorne,
circa 1902, oil on canvas.
I'd start with a catalog of Charles
Hawthorne. Lately, I've been interested in all his work--the genre paintings,
landscapes, and portraits. I can't get enough of the latter, especially,
because they seem so abstract and distinct at the same time.
Definitely, I must, must, must get a
pastel painting kit. I've waited too long for this and I feel like all the
vibrant color I see in pastel drawings that come across my desk or that I see on
gallery walls are mocking me. It will be a brand new foray for me--I've never
had any pastel instruction--but I'm excited to learn more by actually creating a
pastel-painting work. We'll see if I change my tune once I'm actually doing it,
but I'm hopeful.
I'd love to get a copy of The Art Spirit by Robert Henri. I feel
like I don't read enough art treatises from the artists I admire so much, and
there are many to choose from. But I'm especially taken with how Henri viewed
the artist's place in society.
||"An artist's job is to surprise himself. Use all
means possible." -- Robert Henri.
Henri's painting, Francine, above.
I also am hoping someone special will
spring for my copy of Rose Frantzen's instructional DVD, Alla Prima Portraiture. It offers so many insights on painting in the moment and using 'bravura' brushstrokes that make every inch of a painting's surface interesting and eye appealing.
I hope you make your art wish list a reality
this holiday season too. You deserve it!
So take a look and see what resources would be a welcome gift in your artistic world. Enjoy!
And now is the time to buy with the Artist Daily Shop Bargains and Blowouts Sale going on now!