What do we call someone who loves books? Bookophile? Bookie? I've just finished teaching a six week class on acrylics, and I brought a couple of books to class each week to give the students some suggestions if they wanted more information on that week's lesson. I have several favorites that include The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri, Developing your Natural Ability by Charles Sovek, and Wolf Kahn's Pastels.They're very different, but you can pick up any of these and open randomly to learn some new idea, technique or thought. I return again and again to Emile Gruppe's Brushwork for the Oil Painter, Faber Birren's Principals of Color, and Stephen Quiller's Color Choices for inspiration or research. There are hundreds of others that have given me a tidbit or a meal of learning enjoyment. What's your favorite?
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