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Books I’m reading…and sources of inspiration

As an artist and an avid reader, I am always on the look out for sources of inspiration and great reference books.  If I am not painting, and I usually find at night the lighting is just not right for me, then I am studying and learning from others who are further down the artist track. 

So just looking at the pile I am dipping into at the moment, I have Valerie Winslow’s “Classic Human Anatomy, The artist’s guide to form, function and movement”, a great anatomy guide with brilliant drawings in it.  I am also enjoying reading Betty Churcher’s “Notebooks”, her inspiring story and cannot imagine how I would cope if I were to lose my eyesight and not be able to paint.  And my latest delight is Richard Schmid’s book “Alla Prima, Everything I know about painting” which was recently recommended to me and arrived at my door yesterday.  Such an inspiration.  Our house is one full of books…and paintings…and too many to mention them all however some of my all time favourites, ones I keep returning to for their beauty and inspiration, are  both Juliette Aristides books “Classical Drawing Atelier” and “Classical Painting Atelier” and Suzanne Brooker’s “Portrait Painting Atelier”.  No Kindle could ever take the place of holding these beautiful books in my hands, how they have been put together and to feel the weight of their substance.