Tuesday, October 26, 2010

brass tacks

watercolor, oil pastel, charcoal, and colored pencil on gessoed moleskine sketchbook page

here are the links... inspiration first, then books...

tilleke schwarz

bobbi studstill's tumblr is positively loaded with inspiration. that's where i found out about tilleke schwarz (above). page after page of art and artists, most of whom i've never heard of before. thanks, bobbi, for permission to link to your tumblr and for the inspiration from your blog!

many of these books I found out about through 'book forum', which comes free when you subscribe to 'art forum'. lol, so far i like 'book forum' more than 'art forum'. the best thing about the publisher's ads in 'book forum' is that they tell you how many color and b&w plates are in the books. yes!!

Everyday is a Good Day: The Visual Art of John Cage - the publisher's write-up says: "this essential first broad assessment of cage's art includes new interviews and extracts from a 1966 exchange with irving sandler. at its heart is a selection of quotes by cage with notes on key themes and influences'. 80 color and 20 b&w plates. at the top of my wish list...

i recently heard great things about Life, Paint and Passion, by michell cassou and stewart cubley, and have since ordered it.

Bea told me about the next two books... Drawn to Stitch, by gwen hedley,

and Creative Illustration Workshop by Katherine Dunn. i ordered Katherine's book within minutes of finding out about it because it's exactly what i'm interested in. plus, i've loved her work for a long time.

Maira Kalman's new book, The Pursuit of Happiness is also on my wish list, as are the next three books that I found out about in 'book forum'.

Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art - a comprehensive catalogue of the works by picasso at the metropolitan museum - 323 b&w plates and 340 color plates!!!

Matisse Radical Invention, 1913 - 1917. 138 b&w plates and 515 color(!).

Antonio Lopez Garcia: Drawings - i seem to have ripped out the ad for this and can't find it now, so i don't know how many images there are in the book, but the write-up on amazon mentions 200 color plates.

that's it! if you have feedback on any of these books, i'd love to hear it!


"What I'm proposing, to myself and to other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude -- that you act as though you've never been there before. So that you're not supposed to know anything about it. If you really get down to brass tacks, we have never been anywhere before."

~ John Cage



  1. I have enjoyed a few of these. That Schwarz is groovy!! Thanks for the recommendations. The other day, after having been walking so much when we were in Paris, I said, let's go to the movies, but let's walk there! So we did. And I looked at the streets like we'd never been there before. That's what the Cage quote reminds me of.

  2. great to get down to brass tacks! well... love the cage quote and your square girl...yum... and those stitch books!!! oh dear, now I am having strong desire to buy something new!!! curses!! xo

  3. Dear Me,,You are tempting us with new books..
    How I love books. Come by my blog and see how your outdoors thoughts brought me outside today.

  4. Have never been here before or anywhere.

    Now I am readied to taste. Life.

    Thank you so much. For many things.


  5. Great quote. It is indeed mostly attention that we lack and need to practice. -J

  6. Love that first image!

  7. Nice to know Katherine Dunn has written a book. Let us know what you think, Lynne.
    Off to find out more about Tilleke Shwarz. I love the piece you've shown here.

  8. Just to say how much I enjoy your blog... what you make, what you share, how you live your life. Thanks for opening yourself to us.

  9. Thanks for the link to bobbi studstill's tumblr. It is always nice to get more inspiration. Can you ever have too much. :)

  10. about your art: I love the little top. She is wonderful.

    Always grand to hear about what catches your eye. I am sorry to say I can not share about any of the books you have told us about.

  11. Hi Lynne, your list of books has many of my hall-of-famers and some new things I can't wait to check out. I started painting years ago after reading Michelle Cassou's book. Tilleke Schwartz has a book of her own that is very inspiring and one of my favorites. And Maira Kalman--adore her! We definitely have the same taste. I am loving your wide eyed boys (and girl) series. Thanks for sharing so much!

  12. Hi Lynne, It is always so lovely to see you over at my digs and I have popped into day to your digs to say hello and see what you've been up to. Of course I got totally sidetracked with this wonderful and dangerous list of tempting books you have over here- Mr Amazon will have to come and leave surprises on my door step again- I have been off exploring the work of Cassou who along with Dunn are now in my growing Amazon cart.

  13. Lynne... Your colors are amazing! I will check out the books. The stitching one looks amazing to me! roxanne


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