I have a shelf full of art books that I will weed out this spring for the Artist Garage Sale. Many of the art books I have I never use anymore, I've simply outgrown them. The only reason to hang onto them would be for teaching purposes, so I will have to make some decisions about which ones to sell. Depending on how well my old unused books move at the Artist Garage Sale, I might invest in books listed below.
New Acrylics: Essential Source Book
By: Rheni Tauchid
I've had the pleasure of reading through this book pretty extensively when I was working in art retail many years ago. I fell in love with it then and should have bought a copy but didn't. There is now a new version out that I have not had a look at. If it's anything like the first, I highly recommended it.
The Printmaking Bible
By: Ann d’Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris
The second book on my list I have also had the pleasure of thumbing through although not so extensively. I found it at an art store in Portland, and once again I should have bought it but didn't. This book tells you everything you would want to know about printmaking processes. It's a great resource to refresh skills and learn new skills. I would like this book as a reference as I start to expand my printing techniques and look at inviting people to my studio for lessons and demos.
By: Cathy A. Malchiodi
The third book I have on my wish list is for my own learning. It's an art therapy book. Once upon a time I played with the idea of going into this field. I don't know if I could be a psychologist on any level though. I expect too much from people, and this makes me awfully grumpy. But I am a firm believer that anyone can do art, and that art can have healing, eye opening effects on the creator. I would like to learn more about this subject and this book seems to be recommended all across the field. That and there is a whole section of different activities.
On a side note of this subject, I truly dislike when people dig too deep into a meaning of a painting/print. I've run across people who think they have me pegged from one picture and try to analyze me. This makes me very grumpy. Perhaps the image was telling a story of someone else and has no relation to me. Or perhaps I just wanted to vent. Sometimes a picture is just a picture, and has no hidden agenda.