This is the third post in a series of gift books for artists in your life (or your own art library). [The first two posts can be seen here and here.] This list of five books is a little more esoteric – and not specific to art-instruction, or watercolor, but they are great additions & references for an artists’ library just the same. 🙂 If you have art books in your library that inspire you, or creative authors that left a lasting impression in your studio, please share the titles and authors in the comments.
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist
The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life
For centuries, would-be artists have struggled to find the secrets that accounted for the compelling perfection found in the work of the old masters – their unique visual insights and the longevity of the work. However, in spite of the monumental effort expended to find the holy grail of the masters, the biggest secret of all is practice. To unlock the secrets of the old masters, one must apply and re-apply and continually refine the primary principles of art until they become second nature.