This year's books review might be smaller than the previous two. On the good side, I did read two double-volume sets with @ 1,000 pages each (@500 pages per book). Well, to be honest I am in the middle of the second Matisse bio, which I started twice. That's the kind of year it's been!
As my closer readers know, I had two operations this year (urology - yiick). This has made me less productive much of the time. Without papering that over, I do have positive regards for the year to report. I haven't forgotten that it was the January opening at the Karlson/Gray Gallery in Langley, Washington, that featured my New School Color pastels, and was a success. New people found my art, and began collecting.
Also, it was last winter that saw the electrification of my new studio, and a whole new chapter of studio life began. I would say that I still have no routine, partly from lack of time. My youngest little schooler doesn't go every day, yet. My being sick, and my wife's more than full time new work project have also been a huge challenge.
All of this to say that I have painted a number of works that I very much like. My plein air paintings turned a corner, and now that skill is becoming part of my repertoire.
The Rape of the Masters, Roger Kimball
The Unknown Matisse, Hilary Spurling
Matisse the Master, Hilary Spurling
By Volkmar Essers
On Painting, Giuseppe Verde (Still on the bookshelf)
I'd Rather Be In The Studio, Alyson Stanfield
Multi-Brand Color Chart Pastels, Marie Meyer
Pastel Painting Workshop, Albert Handell and Leslie Trainor
Outside of the art genre, I read:
An Army at Dawn, Rick Atkinson
The Day of Battle, Rick Atkinson (Get busy on the third one, Mr. Atkinson)
Ideas for my own books to write:
Drawings - Essays & Examples
New School Color - will this be the year for a manifesto on color?
A Portfolio - a catalogue of works
The Colorist - a blog book
On my wish list:
Ordinary Heroes: Six Stars In The Window, Dan Oja.
Atkinson's third book in his victory trilogy.