My dad is a little manic about asking our family to get our holiday wish lists to him waaaaaaay before he has to fight the crowds and wait in long lines. As usual, I’m procrastinating, but if I were to give him my art wish list, I could have it ready and waiting for him at a moment’s notice.
|The Red Bow by Charles Webster Hawthorne,
circa 1902, oil on canvas.
I’d start with a catalog of Charles Hawthorne. Lately, I’ve been interested in all his work–the genre paintings, landscapes, and portraits. I can’t get enough of the latter, especially, because they seem so abstract and distinct at the same time. I’d also love to delve into the mindset of one of my favorite painters, Vincent Van Gogh. This collection of his letters would occupy me for hours and hours.
Definitely, I must, must, must get a pastel painting kit. I’ve waited too long for this and I feel like all the vibrant color I see in pastel drawings that come across my desk or that I see on gallery walls are mocking me. It will be a brand new foray for me–I’ve never had any pastel instruction–but I’m excited to learn more by actually creating a pastel-painting work. We’ll see if I change my tune once I’m actually doing it, but I’m hopeful.
I’d love to get a copy of The Art Spirit by Robert Henri. I feel like I don’t read enough art treatises from the artists I admire so much, and there are many to choose from. But I’m especially taken with how Henri viewed the artist’s place in society.
|“An artist’s job is to surprise himself. Use all
means possible.” — Robert Henri.
Henri’s painting, Francine, above.
I also am hoping someone special will spring for my copy of Rose Frantzen’s instructional DVD, Alla Prima Portraiture. It offers so many insights on painting in the moment and using ‘bravura’ brushstrokes that make every inch of a painting’s surface interesting and eye appealing.
I hope you make your art wish list a reality this holiday season too. You deserve it! So take a look and see what resources from the North Light Shop would be a welcome gift in your artistic world. Mostly everything is 50% off or more, making it easy to enjoy!