Even though this year I don't have a set number of books that I'm wanting to read, I knew I still wanted to keep track of which ones I read and how many. I'm curious to see if I get anywhere near 50 without that goal and plus I just like having my list to look back on.
Surprisingly in January I read four books. I didn't really intend to read The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age. I picked it up from the library to sketch from but ended up reading the whole thing. (It's mostly photos and is maybe only 50 pages of text.) I read The Crossroads of Should and Must on the way to Alt Summit in preparation for hearing Elle Luna speak as the keynote. (I kinda wish I'd read it after; I didn't know her talk would come almost directly from the book.) I reread Steal Like an Artist on the plane ride home. I still LOVE this book. I get ideas every time I read it. Then I finished up the month reading Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness.
I also read parts of several other books as I research different artists and topics for my sketchbook studies. Besides The Hidden Art of Disney's Golden Age, that list includes:
- Renaissance faces : Van Eyck to Titian
- Dali: The Reality of Dreams
- Jackson Pollock's Mural: Energy Made Visible
- Weatherbeaten : Winslow Homer and Maine
- Picasso : challenging the past
- Picasso & Lump : a dachsund's odyssey
- The Hirschfeld century : portait of an artist and his age
- Little Book of Lettering
and these three on symbols that I just love.
And then I thought I'd finish up the report with a kids book. Clara and I read a book almost every night and every so often we come across one that really appeals to both of us. Odd One Out was one those; we read (and spotted) it several times. It's a simple but beautifully illustrated book. Some pages are fairly easy to spot and other pages were rather challenging.